President Kovind Board’s Airforce One VVIP Jet For Inaugural Trip
Kovind is visiting Tirupati to offer prayers at the Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple
President Ram Nath Kovind boarded Indian AIR FORCE ONE , the Boeing 777 aircraft for VVIP transport, on Tuesday for its inaugural flight to Chennai, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement.
Kovind is visiting Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh to offer prayers at the Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple, it said.
“This is the first flight of the Air Force 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.
These aircrafts are now part of Squadron of the IAF . Though for a certain period of time the trained Air India crew will be helping the IAF as they have considerable experience on this type of aircraft.
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.
On the occasion of the inaugural flight of VVIPBoeing 777, Kovind commended the pilots, crew members and the entire team of the Indian Air Force and Air India for operating the state-of-the-art aircraft and facilitating VVIP movements within the country and on state visits abroad, the statement said.