A 10-year-old boy wrote a letter to the CEO of Qantas asking him for advice on how to run his own airline. It was the sweet response by the airline’s CEO Alan Joyce that won many hearts online. Alex Jacquot, in his adorable letter, wrote his plans of starting a new airline named ‘Oceania Express’.
Introducing himself as the CEO of the venture, Alex has asked Alan Joyce advice on his dream project.Now, Alex’s handwritten letter, and Mr Joyce's sweet response to it, have gone viral online after being shared on Twitter by Qantas. ''I’m Alex Jacquot, a 10 year old boy (please take me seriously) and I want to start an airline,'' begins the letter.
''I have already started some stuff like what type of planes I’ll need, flight numbers, catering and more,'' he writes, adding that he has also hired a CFO, a head of IT, a Head of Maintenance, a Head of Board Services and a Head of Legal. While ending the letter, he also asked Alan Joyce if he could offer any advice on how people could sleep during long flights.
The CEO, in response, wrote, "Thank you for letting me know about your new airline. I had heard some rumours of another entrant in the market, so I appreciate you taking the time to write."
He further added that he generally doesn’t give business advice to competition but he was making an exception in this case. ''I too was once a young boy who was so curious about flight and all its possibilities,'' says the letter. He also invited Alex to a meeting to "compare notes on what it's like to run an airline."Take a look at the wonderful exchange in the tweet below:
Our competitors don't normally ask us for advice, but when an airline leader reached out, we couldn't ignore it.— Qantas (@Qantas) March 11, 2019
Naturally, there was only one way to respond: CEO to CEO. pic.twitter.com/JTFpzn5a6Y
Since being shared earlier today, the tweet has collected over 17,000 ‘likes’ and more than 6,000 retweets – and still counting. The tweet triggered several reactions on social media. This is how netizens reacted:
As a former Qantas employee, I could not be more proud than I am right now to be affiliated with a company (that I will always feel part of). Well done, Alan.— ⚓Heather Forrester⚓ (@itsme_heather) March 11, 2019
This is so beautiful and heartwarming. Thank you 🙏 to @Qantas CEO for taking the time and reply to the young man and treat him with respect. We all are fulfilling our childhood dreams in what we do for a living.— Busiswa G. (@g_busiswa) March 11, 2019
Wow. This is the nicest thing I read today!
CEO of Australia's oldest airline to CEO of Australia's newest airline. 👏👏 😄— Ankur Thakur (@ankurt_) March 11, 2019
According to Daily Mail, Alex's mother Natasha Jacquot said that she was not expecting such a great response. The family is now waiting on a confirmation of the dates for Alex's meeting with Mr Joyce.