A 10-year-old boy wants to start an airline, so he reached out to the CEO of Qantas to ask for advice; the result of his letter was much more than anyone expected—now the boy and his family are waiting for a time where he will meet with the CEO for an information session about running his own airline.
When a ten-year-old decides they want to start their own business, not many people would take them seriously. But for Alex Jacquot, he got the best response possible. Jacquot and his friend, Wolf, decided to start their own airline, called Oceania Express. The two decided they could take some time to work more on the airline during their break from school, and Jacquot was inspired to write a letter.
Jacquot reached out to Alan Joyce, the CEO of Qantas, asking for advice on how to run his airline.
“I’m Alex Jacquot, a 10-year-old boy (please take me seriously) and I want to start an airline,” Jacquot wrote, reported by The Daily Mail. “… Do you have any tips on starting an airline? I’d be very grateful to know what you have to say.”
Jacquot informed Joyce that he’d already hired a “CFO, Head of IT, Head of Maintenance, and Head of On Board Services.” He’s worked out flight numbers, menus, and catering options. But he had some questions about tips to start the airline, and how to handle sleeping on extra-long flights.
And then Joyce did the best thing: he wrote back. He acknowledged Jacquot as a fellow airline CEO and offered to meet with him to compare notes about running an airline.
“I too was once a young boy curious about flight and all its possibilities,” Joyce wrote in his letter, reported by The Daily Mail.
Our competitors don't normally ask us for advice, but when an airline leader reached out, we couldn't ignore it.
Naturally, there was only one way to respond: CEO to CEO. pic.twitter.com/JTFpzn5a6Y
— Qantas (@Qantas) March 11, 2019