In a dream come true, a mother and daughter duo teamed up to operate a Southwest Airline and photos of the heartwarming moment have gone viral on social media. Captain Holly Petitt and First Officer Keely Petitt are Southwest Airlines’ first mother-daughter pilots, according to a report from southwest. The airline has posted about them on its social media handles. Holly and Keely flew together on Flight 3658 from Denver to St. Louis on July 23, it said.
The moment Captain Holly introduced her daughter to in-flight passengers was caught on camera and broadcast on Good morning America on Tuesday.
The video opens with the duo holding an old photo in a frame in flight, while the caption reads super: “POV: You become the first mother-daughter duo at Southwest.”
“Today is a special day for me. I’d like to introduce you to your first officer, a brand new member of the Southwest team of pilots, and my daughter, Keely,” Captain Holly said in the video, as reported by People.
Later, in a statement, she said, “It’s a dream come true. First I found this career and fell in love with it, and then one of my kids fell into this and also fell in love with this career. It’s surreal.”
According to New York Post, Captain Holly began her aviation career as a flight attendant right after leaving college. Over time, she realized that she wanted to be a pilot. She took her flying lessons when Kelly was just two. She has two more children, but family pressures didn’t stop Captain Holly from pursuing her dream.
She’s been in the business for 18 years and now her daughter is joining it.
Kelly also fell in love with flying when she was 14 and followed in her mother’s footsteps. After obtaining her pilot’s license, she did an internship at Southwest Airlines in 2017 and after that there was nothing to worry about.
“Southwest was always the end goal for me. There was really never another option,” she told People.
In the now viral video, both mother and daughter can be seen with their luggage and the same pilot uniform. They can also be seen together in the cockpit. When the clip ends, you’ll see them waving at each other.
Since the video was shared, it has racked up over 2.79 lakh likes and over 24,000 likes so far. Users were surprised with the daughter’s achievement and left lovely comments in the comment section of the post.
“Wahoo!! We should have another father/daughter duo here in a few years! Our daughter just completed her first year in the 225 program,” one user wrote, while another said, “Wow! I had please their passenger.”
A third user said, “Congratulations Keely/Keely’s mom, keep it up.”