Mandy Moore, the screenwriter-turned-star, has paid tribute to her father after he retired after 42 years flying aircraft.
Moore spoke about her father, John Moore, a passenger service pilot for ALA Airlines, in an interview for the Chicago Tribune.
“I hope you’re proud of all the work that you’ve done. I hope that my boys and all my nieces and nephews are really proud,” Moore told her father. “I’m sure you’ve had a lot of fun. I’m sure you love your job. I’m sure it’s not easy to just walk away. But I’m sure that you’ve decided that it’s time.”
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Moore’s family are now involved in flying as well, with all of her younger brothers piloting planes and her older brother serving as director of operations for JetBlue Airways.
“This is crazy to me to be giving my Dad this kind of end note,” Moore said. “We grew up in a house where you always wanted your dad to be more involved in your life. He was always out of the house, we were always traveling, always making money.”
John said: “I think I felt good about letting other people do that for me. It’s nice to be in the world in the way I want to be.”
ALA Airlines was owned by Republic Airways Corporation from October 2015 to May 2018. But Moore’s father would fly for ALA on Fridays and Saturdays before he retired in October.
Moore, 35, gained global fame for her role in the romcom The Princess Diaries, the sequel to which she reprised in 2010. She has also appeared in 13 Going on 30, This Is Us and the 2012 modern-day take on The Music Man.