Alliance Air receives the first made-in-India civilian aircraft – Dornier 228

Alliance Air said it took delivery of the first made-in-India Dornier 228 plane on Thursday, April 7 to facilitate connectivity within the north-eastern states.

Centre-run Alliance Air had in February signed an agreement with government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd to lease two 17-seater Dornier 228 aircraft.

The airline said on Twitter, “Alliance Air takes delivery of its first Made in India Dornier 228. The 17-seater non-pressurized Dornier 228 with an AC cabin capable of day and night operations.”

The light transport aircraft will facilitate regional connectivity in north-eastern states, it added. To date, Dornier planes were being used by the armed forces only.

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Dornier 228 is a twin-turboprop short take-off and landing utility aircraft which is manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Coast Guard, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.

HAL describes Dornier 228 as “a highly versatile multi-purpose light transport aircraft.” It also notes that the aircraft has been developed to meet requirements like utility and commuter transport, third level services and air-taxi operations, coast guard duties and maritime surveillance.

Alliance Air receives the first made-in-India civilian aircraft – Dornier 228

The Hindustan-228 is a 17-seat multirole utility aircraft built for various applications such as VIP transport, passenger transport, air ambulance, flight inspection roles, cloud seeding, and recreational activities like para jumping, aerial surveillance, photography and cargo applications.

The aircraft can also be utilised for pollution prevention, troop transport, aerial survey, search and rescue, commuter transport, remote sensing applications, causality evacuation and cargo and logistics support.

The aircraft has a wingspan of 16.97 m, an overall length of 16.56 m, and an overall height of 4.86 m.  

Its cockpit is designed to accommodate two crew members and is fitted with duplicate controls and the cabin can accommodate 17 passengers. The aircraft has a wingspan of 16.97 m, an overall length of 16.56 m, and an overall height of 4.86 m.  

The first 228 made in India rolled out of the factory in 1985, and by 2014, more than 120 Dornier 228s had been produced. The latest aircraft to enter Alliance Air’s fleet (VT-KNP) was made in 2017 and is almost 5 years old.

To be allowed commercial operations, HAL made modifications to the plane and its equipment, and India’s aviation regulator, the DGCA, issued it a type certificate in 2017.

The Dornier 228 is an aircraft well-suited for operations in northeast India. It has the capability of short take-off and landing and can land and take-off from semi-prepared runways.

Alliance Air will soon connect five towns in the North East Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh (Pasighat, Tezu, Ziro, Mechuka, and Tuting) with the city of Dibrugarh in Assam.

The first Inaugural service in the Dibrugarh-Lilabari-Pasighat-Guwahati sector is expected to take place on April 12. India’s Civil Aviation Minister Jytiraditya Scindia and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu will be onboard the inaugural flight.

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