Thursday, June 04, 2020

Air India One Boeing 777-300: Features and interesting facts

India is all set to receive two wide-bodied Boeing 777-300ERs to serve as the new VIP transport for the President, Vice President and Prime Minister. The new jets will arrive in July 2020 as a replacement to the ageing 747s that have hitherto served as Air India One.

Air India One is not a plane but rather a callsign for any plane with the President, Vice President or Prime Minister on board. some speculate that the new Boeing 777s being fitted with advanced defence systems and Air India likely to be sold off, it is entirely possible that as the 777s will be entirely operated by the IAF the “Air India One” callsign will he retired. This is not confirmed by the government and, at best, remains speculation.

All these years four 747-400s, owned and operated by Air India, served the roles on long-haul international routes. Replacing these legacy planes are two new Boeing 777-300ERs that are a part of a larger delivery order placed with Boeing in 2006. The rest of the planes are already in operation in Air India. These two planes were delivered in 2018 but were returned to Boeing to carry out the upgrade and retrofitting work.

The 777 is not new to being used as a VIP transport. Japan, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia are nations that routinely use the plane for similar purposes.
04/05/20 Kirti Pandey/TimesNowNews
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