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The first custom made aircraft to fly country's VIPs arrives at Delhi airport

The first custom made B 777 aircraft which has been upgraded and retrofitted at a cost of rs 8500 crores at the Boeing facility at Texas arrived at Delhi airport on October one

The first of the two planes with the insignia Air India One

The first of the two planes with the insignia Air India One, on the lines of the US President's aircraft will be used by President, Vice President and Prime Minister. Another custom-made B777 plane for the travel of VVIPs is likely to be received from Boeing during a later date, they noted.

The brand new 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.The total cost of purchase and retrofitting the two planes has been estimated to be around Rs 8,400 crores.

B777 planes will have state-of-the-art missile defence systems

The B777 planes will have state-of-the-art missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS). In February, the US agreed to sell the two defence systems to India at a cost of USD 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 official said.

The first custom made B777 aircraft will be used to fly the President, Vice president and Prime minister. In the last seven years President and Vice President hardly make overseas tours.

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