Google’s billionaire founders add a fourth jet to their fleet

November 14th, 2007 - 2:07 am ICT by admin  
As part of an agreement with the space agency, Google’s top executives have permission to drive the mere four miles up the road to Moffett Field, which is generally closed to private aircraft, and board any of the three jets that they keep there.

Now, a fourth plane will join the Boeing 767-200 and two Gulfstream Vs already in the Google hangar.

According to the New York Times and The Times, a Boeing 757, which is large by corporate jet standards, will join the Google fleet.

Under an agreement between Nasa and H211 LLC, a company controlled by Google’s senior executives, the search firm always intended to park four planes at the airfield, but the leasing arrangements of the 757 had not been agreed at the time details of the rest of the fleet emerged.

The new plane is due to begin flights in November, documents seen by the paper suggest.

A spokesman for Google would not comment about the new plane, and H211 LLC, which counts the Google chief executive, Eric Schmidt, among its principals, was not reachable.

Google, whose offices are a seven-minute drive from the airfield, already has a broad research agreement with NASA, and in August, the agency’s scientists used one of the company’s planes to observe a meteor shower.

Local residents expressed opposition to the idea that NASA open up its runways as a means of helping pay for facilities. (ANI)

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