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WestJet Airlines Deploys Packeteer

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Packeteer (NASDAQ: PKTR), the global leader in WAN application delivery, announced today that WestJet (TSX: WJA), Canada’s leading low-cost airline, has deployed the PacketShaperÒ intelligent application delivery solution to optimize bandwidth utilization and satisfy stringent transaction response time requirements for its online reservation system and voice-over-IP (VoIP) communications. By employing PacketShaper’s industry-leading application visibility, intelligent compression and secure application QoS capabilities, WestJet expects a return on its investment in less than a year by avoiding an increase in WAN bandwidth.

WestJet has grown rapidly since its founding in 1996, when it commenced flight operations with 220 employees and three planes serving five destinations. The company now has over 6,700 employees, and operates a fleet of 70 next-generation Boeing 737s that serve 33 destinations in Canada, the U.S, Mexico and the Caribbean. All employees are either occasional or regular users of the WestJet network, which is centralized at redundant datacenters in Calgary, Alberta.

William Lee, WestJet’s manager of technical infrastructure, sought out a WAN optimization solution that could help keep WestJet’s fares low by minimizing the network’s operational expenses. “I conducted thorough due diligence with PacketShaper customers who rated the product very highly for its comprehensive application visibility, sophisticated bandwidth management capabilities, cost-effectiveness and ease of use,” Lee said.

Packeteer Inc.