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Air India likely to get custom-made B777 planes for VVIP travel by September

Air India will use the custom-made B777 planes to fly Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and for other VVIP travel

June 09, 2020 / 09:47 AM IST

Two custom-made B777 aircraft, which will be used to fly Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top Indian dignitaries, are likely to be delivered by Boeing to Air India by September, senior officials said on Monday.

In October last year, government officials had said that the delivery of these two planes, which are earmarked for VVIP travel only, would be done by July.

"There has been some delay, primarily because of COVID-19. The two planes are likely to be delivered by September," the officials said on Monday.

The two B777 aircraft will be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force and not of Air India.