PM, President to get their own planes by early 2020 | India News
Two Boeing 777-300 ERs, purchased by Air India not too long ago, will probably be retrofitted to have VIP enclosures, a press convention room and a affected person transport unit for medical emergencies.
The plane will even be outfitted with Wi-Fi on board and have anti-missile safety, a senior official mentioned.
A Boeing 777 in contrast to the older Boeing 747, which have been borrowed from Air India as and when a VVIP visited abroad, can fly continuous to the US, thereby shelling out with the necessity to halt for refuelling.
In February and March, Air India inducted three Boeing 777 plane, finishing an order of 68 planes positioned with the aerospace main in 2006. Two of those three planes will probably be put aside solely for VVIP use.
“The federal government will purchase these plane from Air India,” a senior official instructed PTI on the situation of anonymity.
An plane solely for VVIPs — such because the president, vice-president and prime minister — will imply that Air India will no extra need to floor plane from its fleet for particular flights and re-configure them to incorporate VIP enclosures, a press convention room and so on for these operations.
Earlier, through the funds announcement for the subsequent fiscal, the federal government had put aside an quantity of Rs four,469.50 crore for the acquisition of those plane from Air India.
Officers within the know say that the quantity would cowl the price of the airplane, their retro-fitment, the price of a spare engine in addition to a particular tools field checklist or spare elements that should be mandatorily onboard an plane.
The 2 planes will return to Boeing’s facility within the US on June 1 and June 30 to endure overhauling which is able to take 18 months. The Indian Air Pressure can also be negotiating with the US authorities for a particular safety suite or anti-missile safety for these planes, it’s reliably learnt.
Air India will put together a pool of 44 pilots for VVIP operations, 4 of whom will all the time be on standby and stationed in Delhi. There will even be a devoted workforce of engineers and cabin crew.
To a query on how would privatisation of Air India impact deployment of pilots and cabin crew for the VVIP flights, a senior airline official mentioned that the federal government is but to finalise its determination on the matter.