From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru
Bengaluru, Sep 26: India's Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) received a major boost with HAL signing a lease agreement with Alliance Air Aviation Limited (AAAL) on Sunday for the supply of two Civil Do-228 aircraft for regional operations in Arunachal Pradesh.
Apurba Roy, General Manager, Transport Aircraft Division, Kanpur, HAL and Arun Kumar Bansal, Head of Engineering, Alliance Air Aviation Limited signed the deal papers in Bengaluru.
The HAL Do- 228 is a versatile aircraft well-suited for operations in the North East 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, 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.
Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Home Minister Bamang Felix, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, Secretary (Civil Aviation) of Arunachal Pradesh Swapnil Nayak attended the event virtually through a video conference.
The dignitaries present included Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary (MoCA), R Madhavan, CMD (HAL), Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary (MoCA) 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.