Recently, a photo of Google co-founder Sergey Brin riding the New York City subway made the rounds, an image that gave the billionaire tech mogul an air of normalcy as he sat humbly next to other bundled up commuters. But nothing could be further from the truth. A new report has revealed that Google is nearing the completion of a deal that would give the company its own private airport.
The Google airport would be stationed in San Jose, California and cost roughly $82 million to develop. Spanning 29 acres, the airport would be developed by Signature Aviation through a deal with Blue City Holdings, the company representing Google. The airport would be open for use by other companies' corporate jets, and feature an executive terminal.
For those wondering why a search company might need its own airport, back in 2011 it was reported that the company owned a fleet of eight private jets, used, at least in part, to shuttle around executives Brin, CEO Larry Page, and Chairman Eric Schmidt. But it's likely that Google has more than just eight aircrafts because, according to the report, the company has been trying to establish its own landing strip since 2005.
And while such a deal will certainly give Google's executive class a new swagger, it's hard not to wonder if the airport might also be part of some future plan focused on distribution of some sort.