The Custom made Boeing 777 Air India One meant to ply VVIPs such as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President India Ram Nath Kovind has landed in India.
Air India One landed at the Delhi airport from Texas at 1510 pm (IST). The plane was scheduled to be delivered by Boeing to Air India back in August but the delivery was delayed due to technical reasons.
The Special Extra Section Flight (SESF) aircraft is equipped with “Advanced Electronic Warfare Suites” which not just protects the airplane from any kind of attack from the surface to air but also is able to take countermeasures in case of an attack.
The Prime Minister or the President will be able to communicate with the relevant ground personnel through video or audio conferencing without the worry of being hacked or taped thanks to the advanced communication system fitted in the aircraft.
It can fly over 17 hours continuously without landing in between for the purpose of refuelling.
The airplane’s configuration features a suite for the VVIP passenger, a mini medical centre and standard space for press.
While the rear seats are configured as economy class, the rest of the seats are designed as business class seats.
This custom made masterpiece by Boeing will be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and not of Air India.
The plane is replacement of wide-body aircraft Boeing B-747 jumbo aircraft and features a “Air India One” call sign.
Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) will take care of the maintenance of the aircraft.
The interior and exterior design of the airplane has been customised as per the recommendations by the PMO (Prime Minister’s Offie).