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Air India One, Custom-Made For President, Prime Minister, Arrives In Delhi
Air India One, which is the call sign of the aircraft, landed at the Delhi airport from Texas at around 3 pm today, they stated. The B777 planes will have state-of-the-art missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS).
All IndiaPress Trust of IndiaUpdated: October 01, 2020 5:05 pm IST



Air India One, Custom-Made For President, Prime Minister, Arrives In Delhi

Air India One, a custom-made Boeing 777 aircraft for President, VP, PM arrived in Delhi today



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A custom-made B777 aircraft, which will be used to fly the President, Vice President and Prime Minister, has arrived in Delhi from the US today, said government officials.
The plane was scheduled to be delivered by aircraft manufacturer Boeing to Air India in July but its delivery was delayed twice - once in July for a few weeks due to COVID-19 pandemic and then in August for a few weeks due to technical reasons - the officials noted.
Air India One, which is the call sign of the aircraft, landed at the Delhi airport from Texas at around 3 pm today, they stated.
Senior officials of the national carrier had reached the US during the first half of August to receive the plane from Boeing, the officials said.
Another custom-made B777 plane for the travel of VVIPs is likely to be received from Boeing during a later date, they noted.
These two aircraft were part of Air India's commercial fleet for a few months in 2018 before they were sent back to Boeing for retrofitting them for VVIP travel.
Officials said the total cost of purchase and retrofitting the two planes has been estimated to be around ₹ 8,400 crore.
The B777 planes will have state-of-the-art missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS).
In February, the US agreed to sell the two defence systems to India at a cost of USD 190 million.

During the travel of the VVIPs, the two B777 aircraft will be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and not of Air India, an official said.
Currently, the President, Vice President and Prime Minister, fly on Air India's B747 planes, which have the call sign Air India One.
Air India pilots fly these B747 aircraft for the dignitaries and the Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) maintains them.
When these B747 aircraft are not flying the dignitaries, they are used by the Indian national carrier for commercial operations.
The custom-made B777 planes will be used for travel of the dignitaries only.


 

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Air India One, Custom-Made For President, Prime Minister, Arrives In Delhi
Air India One, which is the call sign of the aircraft, landed at the Delhi airport from Texas at around 3 pm today, they stated. The B777 planes will have state-of-the-art missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS).
All IndiaPress Trust of IndiaUpdated: October 01, 2020 5:05 pm IST



Air India One, Custom-Made For President, Prime Minister, Arrives In Delhi

Air India One, a custom-made Boeing 777 aircraft for President, VP, PM arrived in Delhi today



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New Delhi
A custom-made B777 aircraft, which will be used to fly the President, Vice President and Prime Minister, has arrived in Delhi from the US today, said government officials.
The plane was scheduled to be delivered by aircraft manufacturer Boeing to Air India in July but its delivery was delayed twice - once in July for a few weeks due to COVID-19 pandemic and then in August for a few weeks due to technical reasons - the officials noted.
Air India One, which is the call sign of the aircraft, landed at the Delhi airport from Texas at around 3 pm today, they stated.
Senior officials of the national carrier had reached the US during the first half of August to receive the plane from Boeing, the officials said.
Another custom-made B777 plane for the travel of VVIPs is likely to be received from Boeing during a later date, they noted.
These two aircraft were part of Air India's commercial fleet for a few months in 2018 before they were sent back to Boeing for retrofitting them for VVIP travel.
Officials said the total cost of purchase and retrofitting the two planes has been estimated to be around ₹ 8,400 crore.
The B777 planes will have state-of-the-art missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS).
In February, the US agreed to sell the two defence systems to India at a cost of USD 190 million.

During the travel of the VVIPs, the two B777 aircraft will be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and not of Air India, an official said.
Currently, the President, Vice President and Prime Minister, fly on Air India's B747 planes, which have the call sign Air India One.
Air India pilots fly these B747 aircraft for the dignitaries and the Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) maintains them.
When these B747 aircraft are not flying the dignitaries, they are used by the Indian national carrier for commercial operations.
The custom-made B777 planes will be used for travel of the dignitaries only.


Looks great.
 

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Too bad modi is confined to india. Seems depressed that he cannot travel abroad. In the long run this will stroke his ego.
 

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Airforce one.......... Air India one, Indians are so unoriginal they make me nauseous but then again what can one expect from a nation brought up on B grade bollywood movies.
 

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Nice timing though. When poor are getting crushed in India with double whammy of economic meltdown and rampant Corona.
 

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One can quibble about the expense of having such an aircraft, but one can't argue that GOI needs a dedicated aircraft for its VVIP. Relying on Air India just disrupts the airline's commercial operations. Not to mention, Air India aircraft does not have the security and communication systems necessary.
 

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The contract was signed long before the recent Indian economic crash due to COVID-19 and other factors.
May or may not be the case but to show case this right bang in middle of multiple disasters hitting India, not very clever move by Indian establishment.
 

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