(CNN)They do not call KLM “Royal Dutch Airlines” for absolutely nothing.
King Willem-Alexander, ruling queen of the Netherlands, exposed in an interview with Dutch paper De Telegraaf that he ‘d routinely flown flights for a subsidiary of the Dutch flag provider for over 20 years.
Calling the part-time function a “pastime,” the King states that he ‘d required to the cockpit as a co-pilot of KLM Cityhopper– the airline company’s short-haul provider– flights for over 21 years.
Prior to that he piloted airplanes for Dutch provider Martinair.
The King informed the paper that he utilized the twice-monthly flights with KLM to decompress from his royal responsibilities, with his leisure activity enabling him to completely focus on the job at hand.
“For me the most essential thing is that I have a pastime for which I have to focus totally,” he stated.
“You have an airplane, guests and team. You have duty for them. You cannot take your issues from the ground into the skies. You can totally focus and disengage on something else. That, for me, is the most peaceful part of flying,” he stated.
King Willem-Alexander exposed he has actually been training to fly Boeing 737s which will quickly change KLM Cityhopper’s Fokker 70 fleet.
According to details offered by the Royal Dutch home, King Willem-Alexander initially required to the skies over 30 years ago while still a trainee. In the late 80’s his enthusiasm took him to Kenya, where he worked as a volunteer pilot, initially for the medical help company, African Medical Research &&Education Foundation (AMREF), and later on for the Kenya Wildlife Service.
But the Dutch King isn’t really the only royal with history in the cockpit.
Britain’s successor to the throne, Prince Charles, is a certified pilot, and his 2 boys, William and Harry, flew helicopters in their previous military professions– William, a search-and-rescue chopper and Harry, Apache helicopters in Afghanistan.
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah also supposedly in some cases slips into the cockpit while flying on state check outs.
King Willem-Alexander stated that the opportunities of him being acknowledged had actually fallen given that 2001, when security determines presented following the 9/11 attacks limited guests’ access to the cockpit.
Being the co-pilot likewise permitted him to keep his privacy, even while resolving the travelers, he stated.
“The benefit is that I can constantly state that I want everybody a genuine welcome in the name of the team and the captain,” he informed De Telegraaf. “So I do not need to state my own name. Many of the (guests) do not listen anyhow.”
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