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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bapu espoused "Simple living, high thinking", todays leaders love extravaganza; "High living (on someone else's dime), narrow thinking"

Bapu used to march on bare feet to get India's freedom. Today, have-nots march on bare feet to their misery or death.

On the surface not much changed in last 75 years except one tiny group of suckers are enjoying the largesse, stashing away their wealth in Swiss banks or hiding in places like London or Antigua.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iah87 wrote:
While I generally agree with you points in the cost of the aircraft etc. However India is no longer a desperately poor nation, it is more a middle income country, with ok healthcare (at private hospitals) and generally affordable to middle class.

Transportation has improved vastly. There is no other country, except China perhaps, that the railway system carries so many passengers at a very affordable price with decent comforts. And the Indian air travel has vastly improved domestic and in international (except may be AI still). Yes sanitation has to improve and agreed may be it is no better than Nigeria or many sub-Saharan countries.


I used to try and believe that, but the covid crisis that has ripped the lid off the desperation of hundreds of millions and exposed the inadequacies of an already inadequate healthcare system, and my mother's death last year in an incompetent ICU in what is supposed to be one of Mumbai's best hospitals (Jaslok) have left me despondent at the state of affairs. Nearly 75 years after independence, the twin pillars of fabian socialism and robber baron capitalism have created a crisis economy that is still closer to Pakistan's than it is to, say, Sri Lanka's.

Anyways, back to the 777s. Sorry for hijacking this thread. Despite the $$$$, the livery does look pretty good.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaysit wrote:


I used to try and believe that, but the covid crisis that has ripped the lid off the desperation of hundreds of millions and exposed the inadequacies of an already inadequate healthcare system, and my mother's death last year in an incompetent ICU in what is supposed to be one of Mumbai's best hospitals (Jaslok) have left me despondent at the state of affairs. Nearly 75 years after independence, the twin pillars of fabian socialism and robber baron capitalism have created a crisis economy that is still closer to Pakistan's than it is to, say, Sri Lanka's.

Anyways, back to the 777s. Sorry for hijacking this thread. Despite the $$$$, the livery does look pretty good.


I'm sorry to hear about your mom. And I bet that in addition to the incompetency, the bill in Jaslok would have made the life of a small family.
Mumbai's hospitals are a bloody racket.
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The second of the two new "Indian Air Force One"s. This is the once registered VT-ALV "Punjab" with Air India, soon to become K7066 with the Indian Air Force.

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https://www.deccanherald.com/national/air-india-officials-go-to-us-to-receive-custom-made-b777-plane-for-vvip-travel-873312.html

Air India officials go to US to receive custom-made B777 plane for VVIP travel

AUG 14 2020

Senior officials of Air India have gone to the US to receive from Boeing a custom-made B777 aircraft that will be used to fly Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top Indian dignitaries, senior officials said on Friday.

"Some senior officials of the central government are also part of the team that has gone to the US to receive the plane from Boeing," said an official of the national carrier. Another custom-made B777 plane is likely to be received from Boeing in September, the official added. It was expected that the delivery of these two planes, which are earmarked for VVIP travel only, would be done by July. However, due to Covid-19, their delivery has been delayed by a few weeks.

During the travel of the VVIPs, the two B777 aircraft will be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force and not of Air India, said another official. Currently, the prime minister, the president and the vice president 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 new planes will be used for travel of the dignitaries only. 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.

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/desi-air-force-one-for-prez-pm-to-arrive-next-week/articleshow/77686013.cms

Desi 'Air Force One' for Prez & PM to arrive next week

Aug 22, 2020

he spanking new, plush and secure ride for the President and the Prime Minister on long haul flights, an Indian version of the US president's iconic 'Air Force One', is all set to soon touch down in India.

Sources said the first of the two Boeing 777-300 extended range (ER) aircraft, retrofitted with advanced security systems to jam and defeat hostile incoming missiles and encrypted communication facilities, will arrive in India early next week. The second will be delivered by the end of the year.

The two wide-bodied 777-300 ER aircraft, which Boeing had delivered to Air India in January 2018, were to be equipped with "large aircraft infrared countermeasures (LAIRCM) self-protection suites (SPS) in the US. These security systems alone have cost 1,365 crore in the foreign military sales deal inked with the US, as was reported earlier by TOI.

The LAIRCM-SPS protects large aircraft from shoulder-fired and intermediate range missiles. It increases crew-warning time, decreases false alarm rates and automatically counters hostile missiles. The aircraft can fly non-stop for over 17 hours. It has been customised to have big cabins with bedrooms, apart from a mini hospital and conference room.

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-gets-new-vvip-aircraft-b777-flies-in-from-texas-to-delhi/articleshow/78430083.cms

India gets new VVIP aircraft; B777 flies in from Texas to Delhi

Oct 1, 2020

The brand new chariot of the skies for Indian President, VP and PM flew into the country on Thursday afternoon straight from Boeing Defence base in Texas. The Boeing 777 with state-of-the-art communication and defence systems is likely to operate its first VVIP flight next month. An exact replica of this aircraft will also fly home in a few days.

For over past 25 years, Boeing 747s of Air India have flown dignitaries across the world as AI One. Now the two B777s will replace the ageing jumbos. Four pilots of Air India flew the B777 non-stop from Fort Worth, Texas, to Delhi, covering a distance of about 13,000 km in just over 15 hours. It touched down at IGI Airport at 3.11 pm. AI has deployed 10 to 15 of its most experienced B777 pilots for operating the two VVIP aircraft hat cut about Rs 8,500 crore.

“There will be a hybrid model for some time with AI crew operating the planes before Indian Air Force personnel being trained on the new plane are ready to take over,” said sources.

While it is not yet certain what the new VVIP chariot will be called, sources indicate it may be termed “India One”. “In last over
25 years, AI jumbo jets were knows as AI One while operating the VVIP flights. Now IAF will be doing the same with the new B777s. Calling them Air Force One could lead to confusion and India One is a likely name,” said sources.

AI Engineering will be maintaining the two planes. Two hangars will be built at Palam technical side for the new aircraft.

The two Boeing 777-300 extended range (ER) aircraft for Indian VVIPs are retrofitted with advanced security systems to jam and defeat hostile incoming missiles and encrypted communication facilities. The two widebody aircraft, originally delivered to AI in January 2018, are equipped with “large aircraft infrared countermeasures (LAIRCM) self-protection suites (SPS) in the US.

These security systems alone have cost Rs 1,365 crore in the FMS (foreign military sales) deal inked with the US government. The LAIRCM-SPS protects large aircraft from shoulder-fired and intermediate range missiles. It increases crew-warning time, decreases false alarm rates and automatically counters hostile missiles.

The defence system includes “radar warning receivers”, which basically sound an alert if a hostile radar “paints” the aircraft before letting loose missiles, and “missile-approach warning systems”. Advanced electronic counter-measures on board the aircraft will be able to jam enemy radars, along with defence systems geared to shoot metal chaff or flares to throw off-track radar-guided or heat-seeking missiles.

Unlike the jumbos that need a stopover in Europe while flying between India and the Americas, the new aircraft can fly non-stop for over 17 hours — basically they can fy from Delhi non-stop to almost any place on earth. They have been customised to have big cabins with bedrooms for the VVIP passengers, apart from a mini hospital, conference room and seats for accompanying officials.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The second of the two new "Indian Air Force One"s. This is the once registered VT-ALV "Punjab" with Air India, soon to become K7066 with the Indian Air Force.


This was the first airframe delivered.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The once VT-ALW "Rajasthan" with Air India, has been delivered as the second of two VVIP aircraft, soon to become K7067 with the Indian Air Force.

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/air-india-one-second-vvip-aircraft-for-president-pm-arrives-in-delhi-11603602828831.html

Second VVIP aircraft for President, PM arrives in Delhi

25 Oct 2020

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 President, Vice President and Prime Minister. The first of the two VVIP aircraft Air India One arrived in India earlier this month.

Earlier in August, contingents of senior officials of Air India, security officers, and senior government officials visited the United States to accept the delivery of the SESF or VVIP aircraft Air India One.

Air India One is equipped with an advanced and secured communication system that allows availing audio and video communication functions mid-air without any worries of hacking or being taped, sources familiar with the details told ANI earlier.

The VVIP aircraft B-777 is a replacement of wide-body aircraft Boeing B-747 jumbo aircraft whose call sign is Air India One. The interior design of the aircraft is very attractive, which was modified recently by Boeing, apart from other customisations.

The new Boeing 777 aircraft for VVIPs guest is also equipped with advanced defence systems and will be operated fully by IAF pilots in due course of time.

The colour of Air India Boeing 777 had been totally changed including changes to the design of the aircraft as per the recommendations and further approval by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why Three.
One + One backup is adequate
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Why Three.
One + One backup is adequate


You are reading the title (intended transfer of 777s) as opposed to the news content in the thread (actual transfer of 777s).
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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/ai-one-crew-member-clicks-pic-suspended/articleshow/79071475.cms

AI One crew member clicks pic, suspended

Nov 6, 2020

He could not resist taking photos of the swanky interiors of the first VVIP aircraft after the Air India team he was part of brought it home from the Boeing facility in Texas last month. If that wasn’t enough, he bragged about it in front of his friends and relatives. What the senior official landed up with was a suspension.

“After photographs of the highly secure aircraft made their way to social media, an investigation was initiated by the Prime Minister’s Office and the source of the leak was traced. The crew member and the cabin supervisor have been suspended till further notice. The supervisor was suspended because it was her duty to ensure such omissions don’t occur,’’ said a source.

Action against the errant lot did not end here. “One of the officer’s relative who received the photo is a retired Air India employee. Air India has suspended her free passage and medical benefits,’’ the source said, adding that some more suspension orders were en route. Air India has refused to comment on the matter.

The aircraft is the first of the two retrofitted Boeing 777-300 ERs ordered by India. With the call sign “Air India One”, it will fly the President, Vice-President and Prime Minister on international state visits. The interiors include, among other details, two conference rooms, a press briefing room, a VVIP suite and a medical room.

“It’s no secret that the security norms surrounding VVIP aircraft are stringent. The crew is generally briefed about the dos and donts. It’s not clear why this crew member thought it was okay to take and share pictures,’’ said an airline official. “The pictures on social media show some of the layout and seats inside the aircraft. Irrespective of how serious that breach is, it’s not something that should have happened,’’ said an official.

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/president-boards-air-india-one-b777-aircraft-for-its-inaugural-flight-to-chennai/articleshow/79381614.cms

President boards Air India One-B777 aircraft for its inaugural flight to Chennai

Nov 24, 2020

President Ram Nath Kovind boarded the Air India One-B777 aircraft on Tuesday for its inaugural flight to Chennai, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement.

Kovind is visiting Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh to offer prayers at the Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple, it 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 statement said.

The aircraft has state-of-the-art interiors with reduced noise levels, it added.

Air India One is the call sign for the VVIP aircraft 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 the 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, the statement said.



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