Checkout how President Trump’s plane stands out from Narendra Modi’s official aircraft


  • Air Force One is the safest plane in the world, that is used by the POTUS for transportation.

  • Air Force One has unlimited range and can travel around the world in one go, with mid-air refuelling capacity.

  • The Indian government too purchased two new Boeing 777s, which will be used to fly Prime Minister and President of India and other top Indian dignitaries.

President Trump’s flew to India in the world’s safest plane, Air Force One. The aircraft is a prominent symbol of the American presidency and its power, according to US authorities.

The US has two identical aircrafts named Air Force One which are highly customised Boeing 747-200B series aircrafts, designed for the transportation of the US president.

The Indian PM and President however can travel in any aircraft which is named “Air India One” as of now. But the Indian government purchased two new Boeing 777s, which will be used to fly Prime Minister and President of India and other top Indian dignitaries from July, this year.

Unlimited range vs self-protection suites

Air Force One has unlimited range and can travel around the world in one go. It is also capable of mid-air refuelling in case of an emergency. The aircraft is equipped with advanced secure communications equipment, which allows the aircraft to function as a mobile command centre if an attack happens on the United States.

However, the current Indian aircraft which will carry the Prime Minister and President cannot replicate the modern accessories of Air Force One. But the new plane which is expected to come this year will have state-of-the-art missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS).



Flying Oval office vs grenade launchers

Air Force One, also known as ‘flying Oval office’ has 4,000 square feet of floor space on three levels, including an extensive suite for the President that features a large office, lavatory, and conference room. The aircraft has a medical suite that has a doctor on board and has a capability to function as an operating room.

The aircraft has two food preparation galleys, which can feed 100 people at a time. The plane also has special quarters for the President’s delegates including senior advisors, Secret Service officers, travelling press, and other guests.

The new Indian aircraft for the President and Prime Minister is expected to store food for over 2,000 people at one go and will have special features like grenade and rocket launcher in situations of attacks. The new aircraft will be the first Indian aircraft which will be equipped with SPS (self-protection suites), which can effectively jam enemy radar frequencies and divert heat-seeking missiles.


Presidential Airlift Group vs Air India Engineering Services

The plane of the POTUS is maintained and operated by the Presidential Airlift Group which is the part of the White House Military Office. The group was founded as the Presidential Pilot Office at the direction of President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1944.

The new wide-body planes that India will welcome this year are expected to be maintained by Air India Engineering Services (AIESL), which is a subsidiary of the Indian national carrier, according to reports.
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