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WSJ: Wide-Flying Moguls-Google's new jet

A Boeing 767-200

     
8:04 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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From the story:

"On the road, Sergey Brin and Larry Page have owned environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius. In the air, they apparently prefer something roomier.
"Google Inc.'s two billionaire founders, both 32 years old, will soon be cruising the skies in a Boeing 767 wide-body airliner. They bought the used plane earlier this year, Mr. Page says."

Also:
"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."

Why?
"Aviation-industry experts estimate that the airplane, because of its age and history, cost under $15 million, and maybe less. That's roughly one-third the price of a new Gulfstream 550 business jet. In addition, the 767 can carry more passengers and can include sleeping accommodations. The Google co-founders wanted to fit more than 50 people but were limited by federal aviation rules, Mr. Page says. Filled to capacity, it's potentially cheaper to run, per person than a Gulfstream."

Well, heck-dog, I'm going to get one, too.
(Note to all of you shareholders at WW: This is a personal plane, not a Google, Inc. asset.)

8:10 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Excellent. Who did they buy it off? Hopefully not Helios Airways!
8:23 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>>This is a personal plane, not a Google, Inc. asset

Surely it will sport the Google logo and be equipped with a big red button.

8:25 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Quick Sergy, to the GooglePlane! Another evil malcontent is attempting to launch a spam site! :)

(Instead of Air Force One, will we have G Force 64.233.161.*?)

6:19 am on Nov 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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actual article link [online.wsj.com]

They bought it from Qantas.

If Google was a TV show, I'd say this is about where they "jumped the shark".

7:35 am on Nov 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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They're about to introduce PPF (Pay Per Flight). It takes five minutes or less to set up an account then you state a maximum price you're prepared to pay for your journey. Those in the top five positions get to accompany Sergey and Larry.
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What? Accompany them where? I'm lost.
 

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