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Alliance Air takes delivery of first India-Made civilian aircraft Dornier 228

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The first India-made Dornier 228 aircraft was delivered to Alliance Air on Thursday. The aircraft can carry up to seventeen passengers and is capable of running day and night operations.

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The aircraft will facilitate regional connectivity in north-eastern states, providing better connectivity.

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On Thursday, India’s state-run regional carrier Alliance Air welcomed an India-made Dornier 228 aircraft to its fleet. It is part of a two-aircraft lease agreement signed between the airline and government-owned aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).

In February 2021, Alliance Air signed a memorandum of understanding with HAL at the Aero India event in Bengaluru. In September, the carrier consolidated the deal by signing a lease agreement for two 228 airplanes to expand its regional presence in North East India.

Alliance Air will be the first Indian airline to use the Dornier 228 for scheduled passenger-carrying flights. The 17-seater plane is capable of operating out of short and semi-prepared runways for day and night services and is often used for utility and commuter transport, air-taxi operations, coast guard duties, and maritime surveillance by the Indian Armed Forces.

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. Till date, Dornier planes were being used by the armed forces only.

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History of Dornier 228
The history of the Dornier 228 in India is almost four decades old. In 1983, India signed a license-production and phased technology-transfer agreement for the aircraft with Germany’s Dornier GmbH. HAL was granted permission to set up a separate production line in the country as part of the agreement.

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.

In order 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.

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