Dhaka/New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Dhaka on Friday morning, in his first foreign visit since the COVID-19 outbreak last year. The prime minister travelled to Bangladesh on the newly-inducted custom-made Boeing 777 aircraft. This was PM Modi’s first time flying in Air India One aircraft that facilitates VVIP movements within India and on state visits abroad.Also Read - PM Modi Leaves For Bangladesh, In First Foreign Visit Since COVID-19 Outbreak
PM Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Bangladesh, was received by Prime Minister Hasina at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport upon his arrival. Also Read - Happy My First Foreign Visit Since Covid Onset Is To 'Friendly' Bangladesh, Says PM Modi
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated Air India One when he boarded the B777 aircraft on its inaugural flight to Chennai in November 2020.
Here are the features of Air India One:
- Air India One is the call sign for the VVIP aircraft used by Indian President, Vice President and Prime Minister.
- 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.
- 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.
- The B777 planes have state-of-the-art missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS).