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Monday, February 27, 2006

CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. said Monday its pilots have accepted a three-year agreement on pay and working conditions.

The non-union airline disclosed no details but said the arrangement with its pilots association “will allow WestJet to maintain its low-cost structure while addressing a number of challenges put forth” by the pilots' group.

WestJet said 93 per cent of its pilots voted on the deal, and 96.3 per cent of those who voted were in favour.

“This was a very collaborative process from the start and went as smoothly as possible,” stated Tim Smith, president of the pilot association.

Ken McKenzie, WestJet's vice-president of operational development, said the pilots “want to be the most efficient in the world” and the “mature and forward-looking agreement” is a step toward that goal.

The pilot association is part of what WestJet calls its pro-active communication team —PACT — a non-union organization representing non-management employees.

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