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President Boards Air India One-B777 Plane for Maiden Flight to Chennai | India News


NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind boarded the Air India One-B777 jet on Tuesday for its maiden flight to Chennai, according to a statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Kovind is visiting Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh to offer prayers at the Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple, he said.
“This is the first flight of the Air India One-B777 aircraft with the head of state on board. The aircraft saves fuel and has a longer range than the B747-400 that is deployed for similar VVIP operations,” the statement said.
The plane has state-of-the-art interiors with reduced noise levels, he added.
Air India One is the VVIP aircraft call sign used by the President, Vice President and Prime Minister.
On the occasion of the inaugural flight of Air India One-B777, Kovind commended the pilots, crew members and the entire team of Air India and the Indian Air Force for operating the state-of-the-art aircraft and facilitating VVIP movements within the country and on state visits abroad, according to the statement.

Times of India