Dutch King secret co-pilot for 21 years
Dutch Monarch Willem-Alexander has revealed his double life as a commercial co-pilot for the Dutch national carrier KLM. In his role as a “guest-pilot” he has flown the Fokker 70 for almost 21 years with passengers only ever hearing his voice. In an interview with dutch paper De Telegraaf he stated he treats flying as a “hobby” and that very few people recognise him as he walks through Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in his KLM uniform. Flying is a way for him to escape from his royal duties and relax as “You can’t take your problems from the ground into the skies. You can completely disengage and concentrate on something else. That, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying.”. The interview took a light-heartedly comical turn as he joked about his on board PA’s where he would never reveal his name, however as the King stated, “Most people don’t listen anyway,”. As the Fokker 70 is being phased out from KLM’s fleet Willem-Alexander mentioned he intends to train on the Boeing 737 to carry on with his royal flying duties.