Google Plane Boarding Soon
The search engine company has some big plans for its 767-200 passenger jet; two staterooms and plenty of leg room for 50 passengers will be among its features.
Google’s founders were famously advised pre-IPO to make a jet one of their first purchases as billionaires, and they have done so. Should they have gone with a Gulfstream instead? Would you? Fly over to WebProWorld and tell us more.
Despite being billionaires, the founders of Google show some fiscal responsibility that will make their investors happy. The $15 million purchase of a used 767 runs about a third of what a choice Gulfstream 550 business jet costs, the Wall Street Journal reported. Though it isn’t definitely known, the
Journal has collected some evidence on the plane’s previous life:
Larry Page, who was interviewed for the report, wouldn’t confirm the jet’s origins either. He did confirm the financial aspects of the purchase being key: "We looked at this and we just did the economics and we said, ‘you know, it makes a lot of sense.’" Page also provided some details on the jet’s retrofitting:
Mr. Page says his plane will hold about 50 passengers when its refurbishment is complete. A top Gulfstream business jet typically carries 15 or fewer. He declines to give other details. People in the aviation industry familiar with the planned interior say it will have a sitting area, two staterooms with adjoining lavatories and a shower. Farther aft will be a large sitting-and-dining area. At the rear will be 12 to 16 first-class seats for guests or employees and a large galley.
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