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Our Corporate Jet is Bigger Than Yours: Google Founders Buy a 767

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    billh

    Google Founders Buy Themselves a 767

    The article wrote:
    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.



    Jamie, now you HAVE to come up with another GooglePark. Smiley

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    dahat

    Perhaps things are not as great over as Google as we once thought... after all... what kind of self respecting billionaire buys themselves a ‘used’ airplane? Who knows what the previous owners might have done in it!

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    Tensor

    I like to imagine they have a ten pin bowling lane in there.

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    W3bbo

    Tensor wrote:
    I like to imagine they have a ten pin bowling lane in there.


    Captain: Watch out guys, we've got a little bit of turbulence ahead
    *plane drops 10 feet*
    *CRAASH!*
    Larry: Woohoo! Striiiike! Big Smile

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    Karim

    Tensor wrote:
    I like to imagine they have a ten pin bowling lane in there.


    Who needs a bowling lane when you have a round rotating bed!



    Do no evil, baby!  Yeah!

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    Devils​Rejection

    Thats foolish, why not a 777 or the brand spanking new 787.

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    Karim

    DevilsRejection wrote:
    Thats foolish, why not a 777 or the brand spanking new 787.


    The WSJ article said the used 767 (at $15 million) was roughly one-third the price of a new Gulfstream 550 business jet.

    That looks like a bargain until you read that they may be spending upwards of $45 million to completely refit it with a "100% VIP" interior.

    The cost of flying the 767 ($13,000 per hour) is also quite a bit more than the Gulfstream V ($7,850).  However, if they manage to always fill up all 50 seats on the 767 (which I doubt will happen, I don't think Larry & Sergey have that many fawning sycophants for an entourage), then the 767 becomes cheaper on a per-passenger basis.

    The price, is like, whatever, who cares, it's their money.  If there's room in the world for Hooters Air, maybe there should be a Google Air.  Whatever.  My only concern is practical -- it seems like you'd be able to land a Gulfstream at a LOT more airports (smaller ones) than a 767.  That seems like a MUCH more practical driver for a business jet.  When you are visiting a bunch of places, you want to land at the nearest airport, which could be a tiny general aviation airstrip somewhere.  But I don't know if there's a difference between where the Gulfstream can operate vs. the 767.  Anyone know what the runway requirements are for the two aircraft?

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    Steve411

    Heck, Microsoft could buy Boeing completely if it wanted to. There's a lot more billions there.

    But i hope they dont or ill switch to linux.

    Hahaha, Jamie, C9Park!

    - Steve

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    rjdohnert

    Must be nice to have all that money from a big fat IPO.

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    Cybermagell​an

    So what, who cares...when you have Snoop as your Pilot who needs a big  767

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    Manip

    Darn they ARE risk takers, I mean buying from Boeing, are they trying to get themselves killed? ... I would have got myself a nice safe Airbus plane and lived a long and happy life... Cool

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    Michael Griffiths

    Manip wrote:

    Darn they ARE risk takers, I mean buying from Boeing, are they trying to get themselves killed? ... I would have got myself a nice safe Airbus plane and lived a long and happy life...



    Because Airbus is so much more succesful and companies are just begging to buy from them, leaving Boeng in the dust. :O Expressionless [A]

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    zzzzz

    Manip wrote:

    Darn they ARE risk takers, I mean buying from Boeing, are they trying to get themselves killed? ... I would have got myself a nice safe Airbus plane and lived a long and happy life...



    AirBus Number of planes in sky more than 3,000

    Boeing number of planes more than 14,000

    Not what i call a fair compairson

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    Michael Griffiths

    zzzzz wrote:
    AirBus Number of planes in sky more than 3,000

    Boeing number of planes more than 14,000

    Not what i call a fair compairson



    It was a joke.

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    Wil

    Larry Ellison will attack their 767 with his MIG!

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    Karim



    Because sometimes your passengers' egos are just too damn heavy.

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