Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 18
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands became king four years ago after his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated after 33 years on the throne. He has been flying KLM’s Fokker 70 planes for 21 years. Before that, he was a pilot for the Dutch cargo airline Martinair. He is now being retrained to fly Boeing 737s since the Fokkers are being phased out of service.
“You have an aircraft, passengers and crew. You have responsibility for them,” the king told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. “You can’t take your problems from the ground into the skies. You can completely disengage and concentrate on something else. That, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying.”
The king got his military pilot’s license as a member of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. When he makes pilot announcements to passengers he does so anonymously.