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3 new Air India 77Ws to replace 747s as VVIP transport
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The delivery of three B777-300 ER planes is scheduled to be completed in February next year, with two expected to be bought in January.

Out of three aircraft, two are to be acquired in January 2018 and those would be for the use of VVIPs, the official said.

After making required modifications, the two planes would join the fleet that are generally used to carry President, Vice President and Prime Minister, the official added.


http://zeenews.india.com/companies/air-india-scouts-for-535-mn-loan-to-buy-three-boeing-planes-2054502.html
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

considering Air India is being considered for sale, which livery will they be sporting. Won't it be better to hand them over to IAF, considering they are already maintaining B737s.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The delivery of three B777-300 ER planes is scheduled to be completed in February next year, with two expected to be bought in January.

Out of three aircraft, two are to be acquired in January 2018 and those would be for the use of VVIPs, the official said.

After making required modifications, the two planes would join the fleet that are generally used to carry President, Vice President and Prime Minister, the official added.


http://zeenews.india.com/companies/air-india-scouts-for-535-mn-loan-to-buy-three-boeing-planes-2054502.html



Tender floated by Air India for VIP Modification of these 2 airframes, today :

http://mmd.airindia.co.in/aimmd/tender/Modification%20RFP%20B777%20300ER.pdf
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/new-vvip-planes-replacements-for-aged-air-india-one-to-arrive-this-month/articleshow/62417728.cms

New VVIP planes: Replacements for aged Air India One to arrive this month

Jan 8, 2018

Boeing will deliver two brand new B-777 to Air India this month, which will be used as the next VVIP planes for being flown by the president, VP and prime minister on their medium to long foreign trips. Once retrofitted with state-of-the-art security and communication systems, these two will replace the over 27-year-old Boeing 747 jumbo jets which have flying our top VVIPs across the globe. Making these planes fit for this high security duty will take about a year.

"The government is deciding who will operate these two B 777-300 extended range as AI, which as the pilots, engineers and expertise for operating this type of aircraft, is soon going to be sold off. A call will be taken if the Indian Air Force (IAF) should have the planes in its fleet with the required infrastructure," said a senior government official.

So it remains to be seen if our VVIP plane is known as IAF 1 or AI 1. Till that call is taken, these planes could be sent to Boeing in US for VVIP retrofitting and high-end security fixtures like anti-missile systems apart from latest communication equipment so that they can serve as flying PMOs when the PM is on board.

About two years back it was decided that post-modification, these planes will be handed over to IAF which would have then operated them with technical support of AI. Then there was a rethink on this as AI has the pilots, engineering and expertise for operating the Boeing 777s, and it was felt these aircraft should remain with AI once they are converted as VVIP jets.

The old Boeing 747s being used today for long international flights by the PM are perfectly safe to fly but due to their advanced age, they are fuel guzzlers. They also cannot fly long-haul routes like India-US nonstop and do so with a stop in Europe. AI has four B-747s of which two are kept for VVIP flying.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/air-india-to-take-delivery-of-b777-plane-on-january-24/18928159

Air India To Take Delivery Of B777 Plane On January 24

Jan 12, 2018

Air India is set to take the delivery of the first of the two B777 aircraft, which will be used to fly the VVIPs, on January 24. A team of pilots along with some senior ministry officials will be flying to the Seattle facility of plane maker Boeing via San Francisco on January 20 for this purpose, an airline source close to the development told PTI.

The induction of the two Boeing 777-300ERs will replace the over 25-year-old jumbo jets, B747-400s - which are currently used to ferry president, vice president and prime minister. The new aircraft, however, will be put to use only around July-August as the planes will immediately be sent back to the US for retrofit after the completion of registration formalities, the source said.

The retrofitting is expected to cost the nation around over Rs 1,100 crore. "A team comprising four pilots -- two senior commanders and two first officers -- along with some senior ministry officials will leave for San Francisco on January 20 from where they will fly to Seattle," the source said.

They will fly back on 24 after taking the delivery and the new aircraft will arrive here on the eve of the Republic Day, the source said. "These planes, however, will go back to the US for modification, which will take at least six months to complete," the source said.

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