Air India One develops problem, standby sent to ferry PM Modi to Canada
New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on Europe and North America tour has been hogging limelight not just in India but in France and Germany too. He has already finalized deals worth billions and billions of dollars and has tried to present India as a dependable business destination.
But the Ministry of external Affairs guys who have been coordinating his travel with the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office had to face some tough time when the aircraft he has been travelling developed some snags. Modi travels abroad Air India One, a Boeing 747-400 aircraft that has already taken him thousands of miles from Indian capital New Delhi to Berlin, Paris, Hannover and other cities during the current tour.
But the Prime Minister and his massive entourage didnâ€™t have to face much of the issue as the standby plane, kept in readiness in Mumbai, left early this morning for Berlin and was used for flying the Prime Minister and his entourage to Ottawa in Canada on the last leg of his three-nation tour, Air India sources said.
Reports suggest that the Air India has also sent some additional cabin crew along with the aircraft. As part of the protocol, the national carrier keeps one of its jumbo aircraft on the standby mode for such situations, they said. The Prime Minister had left Delhi for Paris on April 9 and is scheduled to return here on the morning of April 18.