Google terminal in works at Silicon Valley airport

June 6, 2013
Google jets are getting a home in an $82-million private terminal being built to cater to executives coming and going from Mineta San Jose International Airport in Silicon Valley.

Google jets are getting a home in an $82-million private terminal being built to cater to executives coming and going from Mineta San Jose International Airport in Silicon Valley.

Construction was expected to begin late this year on the facility, which has been landed the slightly off-mark nickname of " Airport."

"It is a significant private development and Google is the main tenant, but it is not their airport," Mineta spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes told AFP on Wednesday.

US-based Signature Flight Support is to build the executive terminal on a 29-acre (12 hectare) section of former parking lot in a partnership with Blue City Holdings, which represents "the personal aircraft of Google principals."

The airport is about 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Google's main campus in the city of Mountain View.

The terminal will feature catering and other amenities along with seven hangars, five of which will be reserved for Google aircraft including and Boeing 767 models like those used for commercial passenger flights.

Barnes estimated that five or six jets could be fit in any of the hangars.

Silicon Valley-based computer company Hewlett-Packard has had a private terminal at the San Jose for nearly 30 years, according to the spokeswoman.

"We've seen great demand in from companies wanting to house aircraft," Barnes said.

The contract with Signature is still being finalized but includes a 50-year lease with annual rent of $2.6 million along with guarantees regarding fuel purchases and hiring of local workers.

The new terminal was expected to be completed by the middle of 2015.

Explore further: Google adds non-stop flight data to search results

Related Stories

Google adds non-stop flight data to search results

May 31, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- Using Google to search for flights is nothing new but that search tool just got a serious boost. The company announced on Friday that it is adding flight schedules to all of their travel related searches. ...

Google tests same-day delivery shopping service

March 28, 2013

Google on Thursday began testing a service for same-day delivery of toys, clothing, groceries or other items ordered online in what could be a challenge to online retail titan Amazon.

Recommended for you

Samsung to disable Note 7 phones in recall effort

December 9, 2016

Samsung announced Friday it would disable its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US market to force remaining owners to stop using the devices, which were recalled for safety reasons.

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

December 7, 2016

Just months after two Swiss pilots completed a historic round-the-world trip in a Sun-powered plane, another Swiss adventurer on Wednesday unveiled a solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere.

Solar panels repay their energy 'debt': study

December 6, 2016

The climate-friendly electricity generated by solar panels in the past 40 years has all but cancelled out the polluting energy used to produce them, a study said Tuesday.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.