Dutch King Reveals He’s Been An Airline Pilot For 21 Years

This head of state has one impressive side hustle.

The king of the Netherlands has been co-piloting commercial flights for 21 yearswith Dutch airline KLM, he revealed in a newspaper interview this week.

Frequently, passengers remain oblivious as the monarch charters them to destinations around Europeon the airlines Cityhopper service.

The advantage is that I can always say that I wish everyone a heartfelt welcome in the name of the captain and the crew, King Willem-Alexander told De Telegraaf newspaper. So I dont have to say my own name. But most of the people dont listen anyway.

According to his royal bio, the king is extremely interested in flying.He got his commercial pilots license in 1987 and has flown as a guest pilot for KLM since 2001, long before commencing his reign in 2013. This year, he paused his co-pilot duties to receive training on the airlines newer planes, with the intent to continue his service.

Go, king, go!

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