Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Made-In-India Dornier 228 Civilian Plane Set To Take Flight In May

The first made-in-India civilian aircraft is set to take off.
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) will soon test a 19-seater civilian version of the Dornier 228 aircraft, built completely at the state-owned company’s Kanpur facility, Chairman and Managing Director T Suvarna Raju said in an interview to BloombergQuint. Two such aircraft are current being built there.
“HAL-made civil Dornier aircraft will fly from HAL airport’s at Nashik on May 1,” he added.
Originally made by Dornier GmbH, HAL tied up with the German company and has built 125 Dornier 228s since 1985 for the armed forces and the Coast Guard, initially by just assembling the aircraft before it started manufacturing all the parts in India.
HAL may now give the aircraft on dry lease to Indian civil aviation companies, Raju said, adding that Air India Ltd. has shown interest in using Dorniers for regional connectivity.
“We have an inquiry from Air India for 20 aircraft and were asked to give a schedule of 10 aircraft which we have proposed. We are also looking for other customers,” he added.
27/03/17 Nishant Sharma/Bloomberg Quint