KLM Honors A Truly Frequent Flier
PHOTO: Jan Mul before one of his regular Wednesday flights with KLM (photo courtesy KLM/Op de Bok 2013 - Maarten van Haaff)
Jan Mul was a frequent flier.
No, check that.
Mul was a frequent lover of flying. He had a passion for aviation and travel, so much so that the Amsterdam resident jumped aboard a KLM Airlines plane every Wednesday, like clockwork, and flew to various European cities before returning on the same day.
Every Wednesday of every week for more than 20 years, totaling more than 1,000 flights, according to KLM Airlines’ web site.
Sadly, two days after taking one of his weekly flights last November, Mul passed away from a heart attack. But KLM honored his memory by having his wife and his grandson Tom take one of his weekly flights earlier this month. The group did exactly as Jan Mul would do – enjoy the flight, get to the airport in the destination city, walk around for a bit, and then fly home.
Quirky? Probably. But that was Jan Mul. As KLM said, in the morning he would fly to Barcelona, Stockholm, Hamburg or Helsinki, among other places, walk around the airport anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, and then fly home. He never once stayed overnight at his destination.
“I didn’t want to leave my wife alone for too long,” he told some of the KLM crew that he came to know.
He always took the window seat, and although his wife never came to love the aspect of flying, his grandson did and now wants to become a pilot. As fate would have it, Tom Mul actually accompanied his grandfather on what would turn out to be his last flight back in November.
To honor the man KLM called “very likely our most loyal passenger,” the airline flew his widow and grandson to Stockholm, offering them champagne and a business class meal, and allowed them to tour the cockpit and experience the takeoff and landing from there.
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