‘Please take me seriously’: 10-year-old writes to Qantas boss

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A 10-year-old boy has written to the chief executive of Qantas Airways asking for advice on how to run his own airline.

Alex Jacquot, the "CEO and co-founder of Oceania Express", said he had extra time to work on his business due to the school holidays.

In a letter to Alan Joyce, boss of Australia's biggest airline, he introduced himself and said how old he was before asking: "Please take me seriously."

Alex said he had already considered what he needed to run a successful business, including types of planes, flight numbers and catering.

He added that he had already appointed a "CFO, a head of IT, a head of maintenance, a head of on-board services and a head of legal", alongside his co-founder and best friend Wolf.

Asking for tips, Alex wrote: "I like working on my airline. Seeing as it is the school holidays, I have more time to work.

"But I don't have anything to do (that I can think of).

"Do you have any ideas of what I can do? Seeing as you are the CEO of Qantas I thought I'd ask you."

He closed the letter by asking for advice on sleep during long-haul flights from Australia to London.

In a letter of response, Mr Joyce thanked Alex for getting touch and said his number one tip was to put "safety front and centre".

He also offered Alex a tour of the company's Operations Centre and invited him to a meeting on Project Sunrise, Qantas's plan to fly passengers non-stop between Australia's east coast and London.

Mr Joyce said: "We want to think up as many ideas as possible to make the journey more comfortable for all.

"For this reason, I would like to invite you to a Project Sunrise meeting between myself, as the CEO of Australia's oldest airline, and you, as the CEO of Australia's newest airline."

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Qantas posted the exchange on Twitter, with users praising Mr Joyce for his response.

In a reply to the tweet, @itsme_heather said: "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."

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