Charley Valette

I’ve been flying for KLM since 1985. Right now I’m a captain on the Boeing 777. Before that, I flew the Boeing DC-9, 737-300, 400 747-200, 300, and 400, Fokker 28, and the MD-11.

In 2011, when I heard that KLM had decided to phase out the MD-11, I felt as if I’d been stung by a wasp. I understood the reasoning, but even so… I decided to put together a book about how special the aircraft was, as was our relationship with McDonnell Douglas. In fact, it resulted in two books. Now I’m working with my team on a book about the Fokker 70, which will be phased out in October.