President Ram Nath Kovind boarded the Air India One-B777 aircraft on Tuesday for its inaugural flight to Chennai, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement. Kovind is visiting Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh to offer prayers at the Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple, it said.

This is the maiden flight for Air India One-B777 and it landed in Chennai from Delhi around 9.15 a.m. With state-of-the art interiors and very less noise levels, the aircraft, which is fuel efficient, has a longer range over the B747-400 which are usually used during VVIP operations, according to a press release from the Rashtrapati Bhavan