In pictures: The first flight of Made in India Dornier took off from Assam
Dibrugarh: Alliance Air’s Dornier 228 aircraft in India was deployed on Tuesday for its first commercial flight on the Dibrugarh -Pasighat route along with Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kiran Rejiju.
Accompanied by senior government officials, Scindia and Rijiju boarded a flight to Mohanbari Airport in Dibrugarh , Assam, for Pasighat in neighboring Arunachal Pradesh.
Officially operated Alliance Air became the first commercial airline in the country to fly Indian-made aircraft for civil operations. So far, Dornier 228 aircraft have been used only by the Armed Forces.
Alliance Air had in February signed an agreement with the government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to lease two 17-seater Dornier 228 aircraft. The airline received its first Dornier 228 aircraft on April 7.
Regular flight operations on Dabrogarh-Pasighat-Lilabari-Dibrugarh route will start from April 18.
Services will be further extended to Tezu, Mechuka, Ziro and Toting in Arunachal Pradesh with Dibrugarh Airport as the hub.
These services will be operated through Alliance Air under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN.