First ‘Made-in-India’ commercial plane takes flight, Alliance Air operates Dornier 228

Alliance Air in February signed an agreement with the government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to lease two 17-seater Dornier 228 aircraft.

First ‘Made-in-India’ commercial plane takes flight, Alliance Air operates Dornier 228

Alliance Air's made-in-India Dornier 228 aircraft has taken its first commercial flight on Dibrugarh-Pasighat route on Tuesday (April 12) with Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on board. Alliance Air, the regional division of Air India operating flights under the government's RCS-UDAN scheme recently took delivery of the passenger variant of Dornier 228 aircraft made by HAL under the license agreement.

The Centre-run Alliance Air had in February signed an agreement with the government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to lease two 17-seater Dornier 228 aircraft. The Dornier 228 is based on Do-228 being operated by the Indian Air Force and manufactured by HAL in India. 

Its first flight between Dibrugarh in Assam and Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh will boost connectivity in the northeastern states, the airline said in a statement. Alliance Air said it will be India's first commercial airline to fly Indian-made aircraft for civil operations.

Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were present on the occasion of Dornier 228's first flight and the flying training organisation's opening. Till date, Dornier 228 planes are used by the armed forces only.

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Regular flight operations are slated to start from April 18 on the Dibrugarh-Pasighat-Lilabari-Dibrugarh route. The services will be further expanded to Tezu, Mechuka, Ziro and Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh with the Dibrugarh airport as the hub station.

As per HAL, the versatile aircraft has the capabilities of short take-off and landing, ability to land and take-off from semi-prepared runways. The aircrafts will be deployed under the government's ambitious Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) in the region called UDAN. 

With agency inputs

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