Antonov An-32 is a re-engined version of An-26 aircraft. The aircraft was specially designed for high elevation, short runway mountain airdromes. The An-32 is brought in to withstand adverse weather conditions and higher payloads than the standard An-26. The high placement of the engine nacelles above the wing allowed for larger diameter propellers, which are driven by 5100 hp rated AI-20 turboprop engines, almost twice as powerful as the An-26's AI-24. Aircraft enjoys excellent take-off characteristics under tropical and mountainous (high-altitude) conditions.
Aquiline International owns and operates a small fleet of 3 aircraft of this type. Major area of Operation is Afghanistan where Antonov An-32 can show all advantages of its performance. Such companies as DHL Aviation, Supreme Food Service and National Air Cargo (NAC) already enjoyed advantageous utilization of the transport aircraft that fully complies with their requirements and ensure flight safety and security in the mountain war zones. Two of these Branded companies already signed long term lease contracts with Aquiline International.