Air India One-B777

Air India received two Boeing 777 aircraft, which will fly the President, Vice-President and Prime Minister of India. They will have the call sign of ‘Air India One’.  The aircraft was received in October 2020 from the US.

Key Points

  • These aircraft would replace the Air India’s Boeing 747 planes, which have served for around 25 years.
  • The new aircraft has state-of-the-art interiors with reduced noise levels. It is also more fuel-efficient and has a longer range than the B747-400.
  • The planes which were part of Air India’s commercial fleet were sent to Boeing for retrofitting them for VVIP travel costing approximately Rs 8400 crores.
  • The aircraft is equipped with missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS). LAIRCIM comprises of missile warning system and processors to detect track and jam and counter incoming infrared missiles.
  • The aircraft designed for VVIPs also has mid-air audio and video connect with top-class security and a secure communication room.
  • It also two conference rooms, 2 briefing rooms, and a medical room.
  • This aircraft is operated by Indian Air Force as a VVIP flight and Air Headquarters Communication Squadron of IAF at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, is in charge of operating these aircraft.

President boards the inaugural Air India One-B777 flight

The President Ram Nath Kovind reached Chennai from Delhi in the maiden flight of Air India One-B777 on November 24. On the occasion, the president commended the Pilot and the crew.

Air India Disinvestment

The government has extended the deadline for submitting bids for Air India till December 14. The government has also revised terms of bidding wherein a bidder can now decide how much debt he wants to take on.

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