Second VVIP aircraft for Presi nt, PM arrives in Delhi
NEW DELHI: The second B-777 VVIP's aircraft, Air India One landed at the Delhi airport on Saturday.
Air India One aircraft is exclusively for the Presi nt, Vice Presi nt and Prime Minister.
The first of the two VVIP aircraft Air India One arrived in India earlier this month.
These two aircraft were part of Air India's commercial fleet for a few months in 2018 before they were sent back to Boeing for retrofitting them for VVIP travel.
Offi als said the total cost of purchase and retrofitting the two planes has been estimated to be around Rs 8,400 crore.
The B777 planes will have state-of-the-art missile defence sy ems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Prection Suites (SPS).
In February, the US agreed to sell the two defence sy ems to India at a cost of $190 million.
During the travel of the VVIPs, the two B777 aircraft will be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and not of Air India, an offi al said.
Currently, the presi nt, vice presi nt and prime minister, fly on Air India's B747 planes, which have the call sign Air India One.
Air India pilots fly these B747 aircraft for the dignitaries and the Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) maintains them.
When these B747 aircraft are not flying the dignitaries, they are used by the Indian national carrier for commercial operations.
The custom-made B777 planes will be used for travel of the dignitaries only.
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I was selling tea since my childhood. After so much hard work, I have reached a position where i am able to fool 1.3 billion people all the time.
waste of Tax Payers money .
ordered by UPA Go nment. arriving now
cant they sit on esting aircrafts ?
Thanks for wasting taxpayer money on luxuries
Billions of dollars of luxury is so wasteful
People are dying with hunger, and these psuedo Rajas are getting worthless aircraft for show off.
The poor are dying of hunger and the young are unemployed but the BJP carries on with reckless spending. Where is the patriotism.
Are we paying taxes for this non-sense?
UPA go nment had ordered. know the facts. also this is not nonsense. it's national property. According to you India's PM Presi nt shouldn't even have a plane. Even Somalia head has a secure plane for their leader.
The planes will be used by the PM for ion campaigns
India can afford to to spend such money with vibrant (sic) economy. Such po iticians are ed by the tax payers . Is it not a legalized misappropriation ?
The PM is eating not only a cake but spending millions of dollars for unnecessary things. He is dumbest PM India received so far. Fooling all the Indians
FOOLISH VOTERS VOTE FOR BILLIONAIRES EHILE THEY THEMSELVES LIVE IN POVERTY. ANYTHING CHANGED SINCE INDEPENDENCE DAY IN 1947?
India is termed as a country of the poor and the world was watching us when thousands of workers were moving on foot to reach their hometown during the Lockdown period. Before despatching the two VVIP air crafts to India, the world must be laughing at us.
It shows again that Feku, aka Surrender Modi, still keeps on wasting tax payers money even in the middle of a global pandemic, despite the fact that 4 crore jobs have disappeared and 80 crore people now need free food grains just to stay alive. On top of that, we are now facing multiple crises simultaneously - coronavir s pandemic, economic meltdown, floods, unemployment, famine, border disputes, rapes, and pollution. Unfortunately, Feku is only thinking about himself and himself only.
What a disgrace !! people of India suffering hunger,suicides,unemployment and Top notch indulging in luxury. I haven't come across any such insensitive,insensible govt across the globe.
Is this needed when economy is shambles.We need a strong opposition to control govt unnecessary expences.
Sad that the govt does not have money for the basic requirements or support our Jawans with more sophisticated wonry are more interested in glamor and wanted to be in par with US Presi nt who has own aircraft. Tax payers money is being misused for sure
The cost is so high but safety of Presi nt, VP and Prime Minister is important. It would be better if we could reduce the number of VVIPs in the country s
Strongly condemn this colossal waste of tax payers money when the nation's economy is in deep crisis