KLM justifies name - Royal Dutch Airlines
For twenty-one years KLM passengers were oblivious to their first officer’s identity. Two years’ ago, King Willem-Alexander revealed his second job. At the time, he was flying the Fokker 70 for Cityhopper. With the phasing out of that aircraft, His Majesty converted to the 737.
In the interview, he described flying as relaxation from the pressures of royal duties. A few passengers spot him in the terminal or on board. As it's not customary to give his name during cabin announcements, he often remains anonymous. He quipped that most passengers don’t listen anyway!
The internet only documents a flight from Amsterdam to Istanbul in November 2018. Passengers recognised him as they boarded. Next time you’re flying short haul with KLM on the 737, take a sneaky look on the flightdeck. You never know who may be occupying the right-hand seat…
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