The Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia and the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Pema Khandu today flagged off the first flight of Made in India HAL Dornier Do-228 in a bid to connect airports and Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) of Northeast India. The flight will be operational from Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh and finally to Lilabari in Assam.
The event was graced by Shri Kiran Rijiju, Union Minister of Law & Justice, Shri Naresh Kumar, Chief Secretary, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Nakop Nalo, Minister (Civil Aviation), Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Goruk Pordung, Health Minister, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Tapir Gao, Member of Parliament, Arunachal East, Shri Rajiv Bansal, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Shri Swapnil M Nair, Secretary (Civil Aviation), Government of Arunachal Pradesh,Air, Shri R Madhavan, CMD, HAL, Shri Sanjeev Kumar, Chairman, AAI, Smt Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary and Shri Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary from Ministry of Civil Aviation, Shri Vikram Dev Dutt, CMD, Alliance Air, and other dignities from State Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Alliance Air, HAL, Indian Airforce and Airport Authority of India.
Alliance Air, a public sector airline company, had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a Central Public Sector Unit under Ministry of Defence to operate Indian made Dornier aircraft, which is called Hindustan aircraft. This initiative is in line with the vision of Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi “AtmaNirbhar Bharat”. With this, Alliance Air becomes the first commercial airline to fly Indian made aircraft for civil operations.
The deployment of Indian made Do-228 will be done in a phased manner. In the first phase, 2 Hindustan aircrafts would be stationed at Dibrugarh, to connect Tezu, Pasighat and Ziro. In the second phase of the program, connectivity to Mechuka, Tuting and Vijoy Nagar has been planned. In the coming 15 days, the airline will connect Tezu and after that, within 30 days, air connectivity to Ziro would commence.