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An illustrious pilot for KLM: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands flies its passenger airplanes

Amsterdam, Netherlands - The King has been greeting passengers incognito and flying a Fokker 70 twice a month for 21 years


(WAPA) - In an interview to a Dutch newspaper King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands revealed that for twenty-one years twice a month he has been sitting as co-pilot inside the cockpit of a KLM airliner and after greeting passengers he has been flying them to their destinations. King Willem-Alexander -who was inaugurated in 2013 after the abdication of his mother Beatrix- was a pilot of the Royal Netherlands Air Force with the rank of Colonel. His passion for flying is therefore longstanding, and as he said in the interview it helps him to relax from his royal duties: to have the responsibility of an aircraft, passengers and crew obliges him to disengage from any other thing and concentrate on something different. The King works incognito, he wears the uniform of the airline and passengeres very seldom understand who he is: sometimes they recognize his voice when he communicates by the loudpeakers. Now he pilots a Fokker 70 but within the summer he plans to be ready to fly the B-737 with which KLM intends to replace it. (Avionews)

(World Aeronautical Press Agency - )