Google are set to break more records as they launch their new $82 million business jet facility on a 29 acre site at San Jose airport. The airport will make approximately $3 million per year in lease income.
The facility will house the personal aircraft belonging to the Google executives and principal players, joining Hewlett Packard on the site, who have corporate hangers already in place. Google will move from a NASA-owned site, which have housed their aircraft since 2007.
The new facility will bring San Jose revenue, and will create 36 permanent jobs in addition to 370 generated direct and indirect positions.
Although this will effectively give Google its own, private airport, the facility will also grant private access to “other figures in the Silicon Valley business community as well.”
The new complex will be one of the largest corporate facilities in the world once completed and in operation, but it has not been without problems.
Earlier this year, Atlantic Aviation, who currently lease part of the development, filed legal challenges against San Jose, on the grounds that the airport did not meet Californian environmental issue requirements when granting the Google facility. Blue City will run the facility, a partner described by San Jose as “a corporation representing the personal aircraft of the principals at Google.”
There has been ‘talk’ that Google and Blue City have received hefty discounts on fuel prices to the cool tune of more than $3 million less than the current market rate for jet fuel. The report says that another Google associate, H211 received the fuel at a considerable saving and may have ‘engendered a sense of unfairness’ amongst the business aviation community.
We know that Google executives fly ‘a lot’ and now can look forward to an exclusive facility, dedicated to their private aircraft.