New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind boarded the inaugural flight of the Air India One- B777 aircraft for Chennai. From Chennai, the President and his wife Savita Kovind visited Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
They visited the Tirachanur Sri Padmavati temple, Varaha Swami Temple and Lord Balaji Temple.
The President lauded the pilots, crew members and the entire team of Air India and Indian Air Force (IAF) for operating the state-of-the-art aircraft and facilitating VVIP movements within the country and on state visits abroad.
Ajay Kumar Singh, Press secretary to the President said, "This is the first flight of the Air India 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 aircraft has state-of-art interiors with reduced noise levels."
The two VVIP aircrafts are exclusively meant for the President, Vice President and Prime Minister.
It is equipped with an advanced and secured communication system. The VVIP aircraft allows audio and video communication functions mid-air. The conversations cannot be taped and the state-of-the-art system cannot be hacked.
The advanced defence system is equipped in the aircraft and will be operated fully by IAF pilots in due course of time.