- Title: Dutch King reveals secret flights as commercial co-pilot
- Date: 17th May 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - MARCH 10, 2016) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** DUTCH KING WILLEM-ALEXANDER AND FORMER FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE ENTERING THE REMBRANDT GALLERY AT THE LOUVRE MUSEUM VARIOUS OF KING WILLEM-ALEXANDER STANDING IN GALLERY CLOSE OF DETAIL OF FEET ON PORTRAIT OF MAERTEN SOOLMANS KING WILLEM-ALEXANDER SPEAKING TO HOLLANDE
- Embargoed: 31st May 2017 22:18
- Keywords: co-pilot flights secret Dutch King Willem-Alexander
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Royals
- Reuters ID: LVA0016H8AYBR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Dutch King Willem-Alexander revealed details of his secret life as a co-pilot on commercial airline flights on Wednesday (May 17), in an interview with De Telegraaf newspaper.
The article detailed how the 50-year-old monarch flew twice a month for 21 years, with his passengers none the wiser.
A keen pilot, the King obtained his Commercial Pilot's Licence in 1987 followed by his Airline Transport Pilot Licence in 2001 according to the official website of the Dutch Royal Family.
The website states that he occasionally flew as a guest pilot with KLM Cityhopper in order to keep his skills sharp and has plans to train on Boeing 737 aircraft in order to continue with the airline when they replace their fleet.
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