According to India Today, two custom-made B777-300ER airplanes will be used to fly Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top dignitaries from July 2020. 

B777-300ER Airplane
Source: India Today

Unlike norms, these planes will not be operated by Air India pilots and will be maintained by Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL), a subsidiary of the Indian national carrier. 


Here are some facts about the new airplanes, as gathered from multiple sources

1. The two Boeing 777 airplanes will be used to fly the Prime Minister, President and Vice-President. 

PM Modi landing
Source: Apherald

2. Just like the B747 aircrafts, B777 will have the call sign 'Air India One'. 

Air India plane
Source: BBC

3. The new wide-body aircrafts are being manufactured and customised at Boeing's Dallas facility in the United States. 

Boeing facility in Dallas, Texas
Source: The Rivard Report

4. The aircraft will be equipped with missile defence systems that will make it as secure as the Boeing 747-200B used by US President Donald Trump. 

Boeing 747-200B
Source: Ain Online

5. This is the first time an Indian aircraft will be equipped with SPS (self protection suites), which can effectively jam enemy radar frequencies and divert heat-seeking missiles. 

Self protection suites
Source: Forbes

6. The aircrafts will also feature Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure system (LAIRCM), a state-of-the-art missile defence system, purchased along with SPS for $190 million. 

Infrared Countermeasure system
Source: Northrop Grumman

7. Unlike Boeing 747 aircrafts (used to fly dignitaries), the B-777s will be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and not of Indian national carrier. 

Pilots selected from IAF
Source: Economic Times

8. Apart from other features, the aircrafts can store food for over 2,000 people.

Representation of food served on airplane
Source: Live and Lets Fly

9. The aircrafts can withstand grenade and rocket launcher attacks. 

Representation image of missile attack
Source: India Times

10. Lastly, the new aircrafts will arrive in India by July, 2020. 

PM Modi
Source: Zee News

The President is designated VIP 1, The Vice President, VIP 2, and The Prime Minister, VIP 3 while on an official tour or journey to a country.