First commercial aircraft made in India to start flying from today. See the pictures

A new chapter will be written today when the first-ever Indian-made commercial aircraft begins operations from Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.

Alliance Air will operate the first Made in India Dornier 228 passenger jet which will be inaugurated by Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. The non-pressurized 17-seat Dornier 228 with an AC cabin capable of day and night operations. The light transport aircraft will facilitate regional connectivity in the northeastern states and better connectivity.

“As part of this program, two significant developments will take place on 12 April 2022 – Maiden flight of Made in India HAL Dornier Do-228 from Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh. Alliance Air will be the first airline Indian commercial to fly Indian-made aircraft for civil operations. There will also be the inauguration of the first FTO (Flying Training Organization) for the North East region at Lilabari, Assam,” the statement read.

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The company Alliance Air, managed by the Centre, had signed an agreement in February with the government company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the rental of two 17-seater Dornier 228 planes. The airline received its first Dornier 228 aircraft on April 7.

Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu and Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma will be present for the first flight of the Dornier 228 and the opening of flight training organization.

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So far, Dornier 228 aircraft are used only by the armed forces.

Also in a related development, here will also be the inauguration of the first FTO (Flying Training Organization) for the North East region in Lilabari, Assam.

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“The development of the North Eastern Region (NER) is not only of strategic importance but also part of India’s growth story. Connectivity in the NER is very essential and under “Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN)”, the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has identified NER as a priority area.This has helped improve inter and intra connectivity for the NER,” he said.

Apart from the Minister of Civil Aviation, Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu will be present at the inauguration ceremony. Besides them, Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary, Rajiv Bansal, Usha Padhee and Amber Dubey, Civil Aviation Ministry Joint Secretaries and other dignitaries from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh state governments , Alliance Air will also be present.

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