Alliance Air to operate HAL’s Do-228 aircraft under UDAN-RCS

Alliance Air will be operating Hindustan-228 in Arunachal Pradesh routes and has plans to procure more for other sectors in the Northern Eastern states.

HAL has the capabilities of short takeoff and landing, the ability to land and take-off from semi-prepared runways due to which it has been marketed to regional airlines that operate under UDAN.

State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had signed a pact with Alliance Air to supply two of its Do-228 aircraft for deployment in Arunachal Pradesh. The deal is meant to boost Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) in the region.

Alliance Air to operate HAL’s Do-228 aircraft under UDAN-RCS

The HAL Do-228 is a versatile aircraft well-suited for operations in the North East and has the capabilities of short take-off and landing, ability to land and take-off from semi-prepared runways, the company said in a statement.

HAL’s Transport Aircraft Division, Kanpur has been in the business of transport and trainer aircraft for defence customers and looks after manufacturing of Hindustan-228 aircraft.

The Hindustan-228 is a 19-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 HAL Do-228 is a versatile aircraft well-suited for operations in the North East

This development opens a new vista in civil aviation for HAL, it said, adding the company is keen to increase its footprint in regional civil aviation by engaging more numbers of HAL Do-228 by air operators of the country.

Apurba Roy, General Manager, Transport Aircraft Division, Kanpur, HAL and Arun Kumar Bansal, Head of Engineering, Alliance Air Aviation Limited signed the deal papers in Bengaluru. On the occasion, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said it was a big day for the state given the geographical challenges in the vast state, the connectivity will now be easier.

Alliance Air (formerly known as Air India Regional) was founded in 1996 as a subsidiary of Indian Airlines which was later merged with Air India in 2007 and mainly operates domestic routes as part of the government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme.

The government also intended to sell Alliance Air and use the proceeds to pay down AIAHL’s debt.

In 2022 following the disinvestment of Air India Limited to Tata Group Alliance Air became an independent brand remaining with the Government of India through AI Assets Holding Limited (AIAHL)

Alliance Air’s parent company, Air India Limited, was sold to Tata Sons on October 8 2021. Alliance Air was not a part of the deal and was instead transferred to Air India Asset Holdings Pvt Ltd (AIAHL), a state-owned special purpose vehicle that holds Air India’s remaining assets and liabilities. 

The government also intended to sell Alliance Air and use the proceeds to pay down AIAHL’s debt. Alliance Air was valued at around INR 2,000 crore.

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