Google’s Air Fleet Got ‘Improper’ Fuel Discounts

Company that manages Google’s private planes bought fuel at below market prices, says government report

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Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt (R) speaks beside co-founders Sergey Brin (L) and Larry Page at the Sun Valley Inn in Sun Valley, Idaho July 8, 2010.

A company responsible for managing a fleet of aircrafts used by Google execs has been reportedly purchasing fuel from the government at below market prices, resulting in more than $5 million in erroneous savings.

According to a report published by the NASA Inspector General on Wednesday, H211 bought the improperly priced fuel from a provider working under the U.S. Defense Department at the NASA Ames Research Center, where Google’s planes are housed. The report specifies that the error was caused by a misunderstanding and not “intentional misconduct.”

Fuel was apparently sold to H211 at discount rates because the provider was under the assumption that the fleet was being used exclusively for NASA-related flights. While the planes were loaned out to NASA from time to time, they were primarily used by the internet search engine’s bigwigs from August 2012 to July 2013.

[Reuters]

3 comments
ILikeFlyin
ILikeFlyin

Make 'em pay it back with interest and at least a 100% penalty.

meddevguy
meddevguy

This is an old story. Bringing it up now has to benefit somebody in the Administration politically.

Sorry for the cynicism -- Just so used to the "never let a crisis go to waste" and the incessant speeches in front of staged audiences to expect a simple honest statement from NASA.

williamholder
williamholder

What do you mean misunderstanding - are they retarded?? These execs should be prosecuted. Rich as@#*((#$ stealing from the federal government means they're stealing from all of us.