So how many jets do Google executives need?
Over in Silicon Valley, the Mercury News reports that Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt – the CEO, co-founder and executive chairman of the search engine giant – want to spend $33 million revamping a hangar with one condition: they want to use up to two-thirds of the floor space of the hangar to house their fleet of eight private jets. The hangar is at a joint civilian/military airport located between Mountain View and Sunnyvale. Officially, Google has no involvement – a company called H211 owns and operates the Google jets.
But the fascinating part is how three Google executives can own eight, yes eight, private jets. As Gizmodo says, it doesn't make sense. "How is the world's top search engine going to put its software in every TV on earth? Not by flying commercial, like some sort of company for poor people! Let's just buy a few spare private jets, just in case."
Jon Orlin at Tech Crunch says Google is not the only company using private jets. But 2.6 private jets per executive? "Of course, lots of CEOs and executives own or lease private jets. On one hand, the Google leaders can spend their money any way they please. Their time is valuable, and using the jets makes them more efficient. On the other hand, using private jets is not very environmentally friendly for leaders of a company that prides itself on being green."