CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce, responded to the cutest letter from a 10-year-old boy.
The openly gay chief exec posted a photo of Alex Jacquot’s hand-written letter to Twitter today (11 March).
‘I’m Alex Jacquot, a 10-year-old boy (please take me seriously) and I want to start an airline,’ Jacquot wrote. ‘I have already started some stuff, like what type of planes I’ll need, flight numbers, catering and more.
‘I’m the CEO of the airline which, by the way, is called the Oceania Express. I’ve also hired a CFO, Head of IT, Head of Maintenance, Head of Onboard Services, and a Head of Legal,’ he wrote.
Jacquot says he’s writing to Joyce to ask him three things.
He wants to know how best to spend his time planning his airline, tips on starting his company and how to help people sleep on 25-hour flights.
Alan Joyce responds
Joyce then responded to the young boy’s letter.
‘Thank you for letting me know about your new airline,’ he wrote back. ‘I had heard some rumours of another entrant in the market, so I appreciate you taking the time to write.’
Joyce then said: ‘First, I should say that I’m not typically in the business of giving advice to my competitors. Your newly-appointed Head of Legal might have something to say about that, too.
‘But I’m going to make an exception on this occasion, because I too was once a young boy who was so curious about flight and all of its possibilities,’ he wrote.
Joyce then advises to put safety first above anything else. He also revealed Qantas is looking at ‘different cabin designs’ to help with sleep on long haul flights.
He then invited Jacquot to have a meeting with him to discuss the new airline’s progression. Joyce also offered to give Jacquot a tour of Qantas.
Read the full letters:
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
Joyce has previously said he believes being open about being gay ‘allows him to be himself at work and demonstrates to others that it hasn’t hindered his career.’
He said in an interview in 2016: ‘I can say categorically that we wouldn’t have gotten through the transformation and the tough times of this business as well as we did without having that diversity in the top leadership team.
‘At the end of the day, it makes you a better business,’ he said.
Qantas also recently released an advertisement featuring a same-sex wedding and video from Sydney Mardi Gras.