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Antonov An-38

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Role Regional airliner
Manufacturer Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association
Designed by Antonov
First flight 23 June 1994
Introduced 2000
Status Operational
Primary users Hangard Aviation
Mirny Air Enterprise
Vostok Airlines
Number built 11 (6 operational)
Developed from Antonov An-28

The Antonov An-38 is a stretched and upgraded version of Antonov's earlier An-28. It is a twin-engined prop transport aircraft designed by Antonov design bureau in Kiev, Ukraine. It is intended to replace older aircraft in a similar size range. Production takes place in Novosibirsk, Russia, but some crucial parts also made in Ukraine and Belarus. It first flew in 1994, and received international flight certification in April 2000. A total of 11 have been built and 6 remain in airline service at August 2006.


Impetus for a stretched An-28 design began with a 1989 sales tour in India, where it became clear that a significant market existed for a plane similar to the An-28 but with seating in the 25-30 seat range. The design was approved a year later, and was displayed at the 1991 Paris Air Show as a model.

The An-38 is of a similar design to the older An-28, featuring the same wings and tail, but it has a longer fuselage and includes several enhancements, such as higher fuel efficiency, increased comfort (cabin and cockpit), and decreased internal noise coupled with better sound insulation. Other improvements include an increase in passengers to 27 thanks to increase in maximum payload to 2,500 kg (5,500 lbs), as well as a maximum speed of 405 km/h (250 mph). Parts of its design also allow it better operation in adverse conditions, such as a weather radar, sophisticated navigational systems, and low pressure tires that allow it to operate from more primitive airfields, such as unpaved iced and snowy ones. Furthermore, the aircraft is able to not stall at high angles of attack and is stable and maneuverable with ice on the wing and tail assembly.

Civil operators

In August 2006 a total of 6 Antonov An-38 aircraft remain in airline service with Hangard Aviation (2), Mirny Air Enterprise (2) and Vostok Airlines (2).

Specifications (An-38-100)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 27 passengers
  • Payload: 2,500 kg (5,500 lb)
  • Length: 15.67 m (51 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 22.06 m (72 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 4.60 m (15 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: m² (ft²)
  • Empty weight: 5,300 kg (12,000 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 9,500 kg (21,000 lb)
  • Powerplant:Honeywell TPE331-14GR-801E turboprops, 1,500 shp (1,100 kW) each


See also

Related development

Related lists

  1. ^ Flight International, 3-9 October 2006

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Published in July 2009.

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