Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 24
President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday morning boarded the Air India One-B777 aircraft on its inaugural flight to Chennai.
He is visiting Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh to offer prayers at the Sri Venkateswara Temple.
This is the first flight of the newly acquired Air India One with the head of the state on board. The aircraft is fuel efficient and has longer range than the B747-400, deployed for similar VVIP operations. The aircraft has state-of-art interiors with reduced noise levels.
On the occasion of the inaugural flight, President Kovind commended pilots, crew members and the entire Air India team and the Indian Air Force for operating the state-of-the-art aircraft and facilitating VVIP movements within India and on state visits abroad.