President Kovind boards inaugural VVIP Air India One flight to Chennai

First Published Nov 24, 2020, 10:51 AM IST

Air India One makes its inaugural flight to Chennai with President Kovind onboard.

<p>President Ram Nath Kovind boarded the Air India One-B777 aircraft today for its inaugural flight to Chennai, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement. President Kovind is visiting Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh to offer prayers at the Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple.</p>

President Ram Nath Kovind boarded the Air India One-B777 aircraft today for its inaugural flight to Chennai, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement. President Kovind is visiting Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh to offer prayers at the Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple.

<p>"This is the first flight of the Air India One-B777 aircraft with the head of State on board. The aircraft is fuel efficient and has a longer range than the B747-400 that are deployed for similar VVIP operations," the statement said.</p>

"This is the first flight of the Air India One-B777 aircraft with the head of State on board. The aircraft is fuel efficient and has a longer range than the B747-400 that are deployed for similar VVIP operations," the statement said.

<p>The aircraft has state-of-the-art interiors with reduced noise levels, it added. Air India One is the call sign for the VVIP aircraft used by the President, Vice President and Prime Minister.</p>

The aircraft has state-of-the-art interiors with reduced noise levels, it added. Air India One is the call sign for the VVIP aircraft used by the President, Vice President and Prime Minister.

<p>On the occasion of the inaugural flight of Air India One-B777, Kovind commended the pilots, crew members and the entire team of the Air India and the Indian Air Force for operating the state-of-the-art aircraft and facilitating VVIP movements within the country and on state visits abroad, the statement said.<br />
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On the occasion of the inaugural flight of Air India One-B777, Kovind commended the pilots, crew members and the entire team of the Air India and the Indian Air Force for operating the state-of-the-art aircraft and facilitating VVIP movements within the country and on state visits abroad, the statement said.
 

<p>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. The B777 planes will have state-of-the-art missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS).<br />
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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. The B777 planes will have state-of-the-art missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS).
 

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