Ah, to be a 10-year-old again. I was an ambitious (and quirky) kid, but I definitely didn’t have the spunk to send a letter directly to the CEO of an airline — for business advice, no less.
An Australian boy wrote an adorable (but still official-sounding) letter to the CEO of Qantas. Now, that letter, and the response by CEO Alan Joyce, is going viral.
The 10-year-old has not only “started” his own airline called Oceania Express, he’s impressively already “hired” staff. The budding businessman, Alex Jacquot, has hired a CFO, Head of Legal, Head of IT, Head of Maintenance, and Head of Onboard Services.
The Letter To Qantas CEO Alan Joyce
Mr. Jacquot is also working on the passenger experience onboard ultra-long haul services, like from Australia all the way to London. He’s seeking tips from Qantas boss Alan Joyce about starting a new airline and how to make the journey as comfortable as possible.
Already sounds like this kid has put more thought into his airline than many other CEOs. 😂
I’m just imagining a group of 10-year-olds gathered on the playground in full suits and carrying briefcases, while the other kids around them are running around causing mayhem. Sounds awfully familiar…
Qantas CEO’s Response
It sounds looks like a couple of CEOs will be meeting up sometime soon to throw around some ideas. Maybe they’ll decide to codeshare to some up-and-coming destinations in the Pacific? Will Oceania Express be joining Oneworld?
3/28/19 Update: Qantas CEO Alan Joyce & 10-year-old Alex Jacquot met in person.
All kidding aside, this is such an epic response from the CEO of a major airline. I could have done without the PR pitch about Project Sunrise, but it honestly puts a smile to my face to see a budding aviation geek live out his dream.
And with the tragic news of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, maybe we all deserve to reclaim the joy of being a kid. At least for today.