Inspiration
The King of Netherlands Was A Secret Pilot at KLM Airlines
Willem-Alexander was barely recognized in his pilot uniform.
IMAGE RVD, Jeroen van der Meyde / Bene Riobó
Comments

Dust off that old-fashioned image of a king as an inert man on a throne. William-Alexander, reigning monarch of the Netherlands, loves sky-high action.

In an interview with De Telegraaf, the 50-year-old king revealed that he co-piloted short-haul flights at KLM for 21 years.

The king considers flying a hobby that clears the mind. He tells De Telegraaf, "You have a plane, passengers, and crew, and you are responsible for them. You can't take your problems with you off the ground. You can completely switch off for a while and focus on something else."

He came onboard in uniform and even made in-flight announcements. Most passengers had no idea that the king was in the cockpit.

Even when he walked at the airport, he barely got suspecting looks from passengers. This made it possible to go on working twice a month without publicity.


King Willem-Alexander of Netherlands

This won’t be the case for long. King Willem-Alexander is reportedly learning to pilot an upgraded KLM plane, the Boeing 737s. The question is whether he will be open to addressing the passengers using his real identity on his next flight.

h/t CNBC and BBC 

Comments
About The Author
Kwyn Kenaz Aquino
View Other Articles From Kwyn Kenaz Aquino
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
We tested the new 'Search for Your Selfie' feature of the Google Arts & Culture app on T&C cover subjects and personalities.
 
Share
Beginning this week, we will keep you in the passenger's seat as we take a ride about town and share with you some of our favorite experiences.
 
Share
The Ayala Group CEO looks back at 2017, and shares his thoughts on current events and important issues.
 
Share
Outlets are reporting that Markle broke royal protocol in Wales. Here's why they're wrong.
 
Share
 
Share
More than 50 years of research points to the same conclusion.
 
Share
Five tips anyone can follow, from the author of The Diet Detox.
 
Share
The attempt was subsequently covered up by the New Zealand government.
 
Share
While visiting Cardiff, Wales, the soon-to-be royal carried a striking tasseled bag.
 
Share
Penelope Cruz, who dons a blonde wig for her role, is a spitting image of Donatella.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US