King Willem-Alexander at KLM


Photo of a KLM Fokker 70 by Laurent ERRERA

The Guardian posted this AP story a few months ago about the Dutch King piloting commercial flights:

In a newspaper interview published on Wednesday, King Willem-Alexander said that he recently ended his role as a regular “guest pilot” after 21 years on KLM’s fleet of Fokker 70 planes and before that on Dutch carrier Martinair.

Willem-Alexander said he is rarely recognised by passengers [..] and even when he makes announcements, [he] says that as a co-pilot he doesn’t have to give his name. So while some people recognise his voice, it does not happen often. “Most people don’t listen anyway,” he added.

I love the humility in this. There are pop stars who’d stare in shock and disgust if you didn’t know who they were.

I’m also saddened by the departure of the Fokker 70s. I reckon they’re the most handsome planes in their class. Photo above by Laurent ERRERA.

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