12 comments on “Fortunately he wasn’t flying for Lufthansa

  1. @ Dennis the Peasant
    It’s not stated whether King Willem-Alexander actually gets paid for his work (he doesn’t need the money but the EU Commission would probably prosecute the Kingdom of the Netherlands for providing the airline with “an illegal state subsidy” if he isn’t).
    The not-quite-identical article I read yesterday mentioned other royal fliers such as the Sultan of Bahrein who flies his own aircraft and Prince William who flies an Air Ambulance and Prince Harry who flew in Afghanistan (but overlooking their uncle Prince Andrew who was a naval helicopter pilot in the Falklands campaign (not technically a War because Argentina failed to declare War before invading the British Empire)]. It is on record that William donates his salary to Charity because the hassle of paying him, getting paid filling a tax return, donating it Charity, Gift Aid forms, HMRC refunding to him the higher rate tax etc. is less than the hassle if they don’t pay him. 🙁 . Charles, like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, spent several years serving in the Royal Navy.
    The House of Orange dates back as ruling nobility to before Columbus, the British Royal family to before Leif Ericsson. They believe that they have duties, not rights, so Hillary could not understand them

  2. I liked this from his father’s Wikipedia entry:

    “over time, Claus became accepted by the public … brought about by … his candor (within but sometimes on the edge of royal protocol).”

    Sounds like a Netherlands version of Prince Philip.

  3. His grandfather (Bernhard Friedrich Eberhard Leopold Julius Kurt Carl Gottfried Peter Graf von Biesterfeld, but known as the more snappy Prins Bernhard) was into aviation in a big way, particularly Lockheed planes, to the tune of $1.1 million if memory serves. Which was a lot of money at the time.

  4. Less leisurely?
    I can’t think of a less calorie burning exercise than sitting in a pilot’s seat while the automatic is on.

    In 10-15 years time, people will freak out if their Ryanair is piloted by by an actual human. And esayjet’s problem will be to make it perfectly plain that’s it a robot.

    (See Germanwings, Airfrance, etc)

  5. bif,

    That’s easy, make the dog is a Rottweiler and have a picture of it emblazoned on all he marketing material.

  6. “The House of Orange dates back as ruling nobility to before Columbus, the British Royal family to before Leif Ericsson. They believe that they have duties, not rights, so Hillary could not understand them”

    Nor could the lazyarse teenage Trots who whinge on about the Royal Family. The sort of cunts who get up at Noon and throw a fit if their benefit cheque is late.

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