What’s particularly striking about the jet is that despite its minimal runway requirements, it’s actually comfortable and very luxurious. It is shockingly quiet; tall passengers won’t have to cock their heads to the side during takeoff and landing; there’s ample room to recline without crowding the passenger behind you; and there are leg rests that extend nearly parallel to the flat floor. The interior is bright and light-filled, and features matte wood and a palette of grays personally selected by Antoniadis.
Calling himself a closet architect, he explains that he spent days with Pilatus’s design team to create the perfect interior that was relaxing and not too corporate. Antoniadis says the forward-situated, space-saving lavatory and roomy, pressurized and in-flight-accessible baggage compartments are two more reasons his customers are clamoring to purchase access to the jet. After accepting delivery of the first-ever PC-24 in Switzerland earlier this year—which he himself ‘test-drove’ in a joyride around the Alps, joking that he scraped the bottom of the jet on the Matterhorn—he’s waiting for the delivery of the next six and plans to order four more each year to meet demand. And with the ability to land a jet in small, in-demand airports where the final mile can be longer than the flight, such as Montauk in the Hamptons, Block Island and Steamboat Springs in Colorado, we aren’t sure if four a year will be enough.
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