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Google executives’ planes saved millions in costs due to error – NASA

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Dec
2013

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The company that manages a fleet of airplanes owned and leased by Google Inc executives Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt improperly bought fuel from the government at below-market rates, for a savings of up to $5.3 million according to a report released by the NASA Inspector General on Wednesday. The 10-page report said the discounted fuel purchases were the result of a misunderstanding between a Defense Department fuel provider and the NASA Ames Research Center, which manages the California airfield where a Boeing 767, a military-type Alpha Jet and several other aircraft are stored. The report found that overall, NASA benefited from leasing 70,000 square feet of space to H211, the private company that manages the Google executives aircraft. The $1.4 million a year that H211 paid NASA was at a fair market value.

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