The Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia and the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu 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.
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 Narendra Modi “AtmaNirbhar Bharat”. With this, Alliance Air becomes the first commercial airline to fly Indian made aircraft for civil operations.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Scindia said, in the last 70 years, 74 airports were developed but in the last 7 years under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have created 66 new airports taking the total to 140 airports operational in the country.