Mom and daughter achieved their dream and are co-pilots who fly planes together

It’s pretty great to follow in your parents’ footsteps by adopting their profession. But it’s even better when you get to work with them afterwards!

Keely Petitt and Holly Petitt are mother and daughter. They are, however, much more unique than the average parent-child pair.

Southwest Airlines pilots, mother and daughter, are co-workers! Captain Holly Petitt is the mom, and Keely Petitt is the first officer.

They have already flown together from Denver to St. Louis on Flight 3658.

“First, I fell in love with this career, and then one of my kids fell in love with this career too…It’s surreal,” Holly said about their experience working together.

After college, Holly began her career in aviation. As a flight attendant for another airline, she decided she might be better suited to fly herself. As she sat in a jump seat, the thought occurred to her, and she then continued working on her certification while raising her young family at the same time.

“I sat up there and had an ‘aha!’’’ moment where I was (like), ‘This is it. I want to spend the rest of my life doing this. Todd laughed because we had three children, the youngest was 1, Keeley was just over 2, and Zoey was 3-and-a-half. I took my first flight lesson at that time. “He said, ‘Okay, let’s do this.’ We just took it one step at a time,” she said.

At 14 years old, Keely observed her mother’s career and decided to follow it as well. In 2019, she obtained her license after completing her certification. She worked for Horizon Air for three years before joining Southwest in 2022.

“Southwest was always my end goal,” Keely said. Mom simply added, “It’s been a dream come true.”.

This is such a sweet and inspiring story. Best wishes to them in their future endeavors!

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