New Delhi (NVI): A custom-made B777 aircraft for VVIP travel, that will be used exclusively by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, arrived in Delhi from the US today.
Air India One is the first specially modified Boeing 777 aircraft, part of the Air India One fleet for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to reports, the aircraft landed in Delhi around 3.00 PM. Boeing was scheduled to deliver the aircraft in June but its delivery was delayed due to “operational issues” and Covid-19 pandemic, according to officials.
The Centre had sent a team of senior officials from the Indian Air Force and Air India for escorting the aircraft back to India and assessing the technical requirements.
The aircraft is equipped with advance communication system which allows availing audio and video communication function at mid-air without being hacked.
This is one of the two aircraft that Boeing has delivered to India. The second custom made B777 aircraft is expected at a later date. The aircraft has been manufactured at a Boeing facility in Dallas (US).