HAL launches Hindustan 228 19-seat civil aircraft

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The Hindustan 228 could fly on semi-prepared, unpaved airstrips.

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New Delhi, first published 25 March 2022 at 11:13 am IST

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), an Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company, has launched a 19-seater aircraft in its first major attempt to develop civilian transport aircraft. According to ANI, the Hindustan 228 can fly from semi-prepared, unpaved airstrips.

Apurba Roy, Managing Director, HAL, quoted by ANI, said the design was transferred to us from Dornier GmbH. This aircraft is undergoing type certification and will be known as the Hindustan 228. All test parameters have been set.

Roy further said that there is huge potential for small civil transport aircraft in the market as few in India and globally are designed for short haul travel and can operate on the semi-prepared runway. The multi-purpose aircraft can be used as an ambulance, cargo, parajam or airdrop, among others, she added. They manufacture six other aircraft of this type.

The plane does not have a lavatory; however, the number of seats can be reduced to 17 if a toilet is added. The engine is not made in India.

Roy said there was a lot of interest from state and private parties to make it deployable in the Udaan program.

HAL said a groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility of Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt Limited (HE-MRO), a joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Safran, was held earlier this month in Goa. The facility, located in Sattari, 40 kilometers from Panaji, will be operational by the end of 2023.

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Last updated Mar 25, 2022 at 11:13 a.m. IST

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