Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently tweeted a photo of himself working on a plane while flying to the US for his three-day official visit. Following this, social media users started sharing photos of what they claim are the interiors of Air India One, the aircraft used by Mr. Modi.
The claim that the images show the interiors of Air India One is false.
First, NewsMeter performed a reverse image search that led to an article by Business Insider from December 2018. It had the same images. The report said that Boeing was launching a new $400 million 777X private airliner. It discussed all features of the aircraft along with images of the stylish entryway, lounge, dining room, bar, and master suite that came equipped with a master bath and closet.
The 777X has a 236-foot wingspan, a 7.9 feet tall and nearly 20-feet wide cabin, and GE9X engine that returns 5% lower fuel consumption, the report said.
The images were concept images put forward by three firms - Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation Studios, and Unique Aircraft Design. All three firms put out press releases with the same concept images indicating their support for the reveal of the BBJ 777X in 2018. Click here and here to view the press releases.
Second, we found that a few media organizations had reported about the aircraft that will used by India's President, Vice-President, and Prime Minister. A special 'Air India One' aircraft was built in America and arrived in India on 1 October 2020 but none of the images carried in the reports match the viral pictures. (Click here, here, and here to see the interiors of Air India One.) Moreover, Air India One uses a Boeing 777-ER aircraft and not a Boeing's 777X jet.
Clearly, the claim that the viral images show the interiors of Air India One is false.