With commercial airlines cutting back on food, blankets, pillows, and smiles, the private jet market is booming. Not only are private jet passengers treated like respected customers, they avoid the hassle of standing in TSA's security queue while the folks in front of them argue with security personnel about their need to take their child's toy guns and knifes with them to visit grandma.
There are private jets, however, and then there are private jets.
Google founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page hired Leslie Jennings, a noted aviation designer to oversee the makeover of their private 767 aircraft. Among other things, they wanted Leslie to figure out how to put a piano and an exercise studio onboard. The budget for the jet's redesign is estimated to be more than $10 million.
The 767-200 typically seats 180 passengers, but Brin and Page eliminated a large number of those seats when they added adjoining bedroom suites, each containing a California King-sized bed. Additionally, the plane's interior was retrofitted with exotic wood paneling costing more than $600,000.
Of course, the 30-something Brin and Page can afford this expensive toy. Their combined net worth exceeds $20 billion.