To boost India’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), HAL, on 26 September 2021, signed a lease agreement with Alliance Air Aviation Limited for the supply of two Civil Do-228 aircraft for regional operations in Arunachal Pradesh. General Manager, Transport Aircraft Division, Kanpur, HAL, Apurba Roy and Head of Engineering, Alliance Air Aviation Limited, Arun Kumar Bansal signed the deal papers in Bengaluru.
In a press statement, HAL stated, “The HAL Do- 228 is a versatile aircraft well-suited for operations in the Northeast and has the capabilities of short take-off and landing, ability to land and take-off from semi-prepared runways. This development opens a new vista in civil aviation for HAL. The Company is keen to increase its footprint in the regional civil aviation by engaging more numbers of HAL Do-228 by Air Operators of the country.”
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, 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. The Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Chowna Mein, the Home Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Bamang Felix, the Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh, Naresh Kumar, Secretary (Civil Aviation) of Arunachal Pradesh, Swapnil Nayak attended the event virtually through a video conference.
The dignitaries present included Secretary (MoCA), Pradeep Singh Kharola, CMD (HAL), R Madhavan, JS (MoCA), Usha Padhee and senior officials from HAL, DGCA and AAI.
HAL’s Transport Aircraft Division, Kanpur has been in the business of transport and trainer aircraft for defence customers. The Division has ventured into the 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.