You’d assume royal families would hermetically seal their highest-ranking members in underground vaults, on account of all the terrible circumstances liable to befall those who don’t live in actual palaces.
King Willem-Alexander has revealed he’s been co-piloting short haul KLM services on a bi-monthly basis for 21 years, telling De Telegraafs “I find flying simply fantastic.” He reckoned the best bit is simply being “responsible” for passengers and a crew, and that “you can’t take your problems with you off the ground.
“You can completely switch off for a while and focus on something else.”
Co-pilots also aren’t required to give their names during those tedious pre-flight announcements, meaning he’s been able to escape the attention of most travellers. Endearingly, King Willem-Alexander says “most people don’t listen anyway.”
King Willem-Alexander, who became king in 2013, has mostly been in the cockpits of KLM’s Fokker 70 aircraft. He’s currently gaining experience to pilot their fleet of Boeing 737s on longer journeys.