It was first flown in 1960. Over 1,000 examples were built and 880 are still in service worldwide, mostly in the CIS and Africa. As of August 2006 a total of 448 Antonov An-24 aircraft were in airline service.
It was designed to replace veteran piston Il-14 transport on short to medium haul trips. The design of the aircraft was optimised for operating from rough strips and unprepared airports in remote locations. The high-wing layout protects engines and blades from debris, and the power-to-weight ratio is higher than that of many comparable aircraft. The machine is rugged and does not require sophisticated ground equipment for maintenance.
- Route: Arad - Bucharest & retur
- Date: Many occasions
- Time: 1h