The Bajorans frequently used Antares-class carriers to make routine stops at Deep Space 9. They carried Bajoran civilians, government officials, Vedeks and occasionally even the Kai. Jake Sisko and Nog used to enjoy watching the Bajoran girls among those disembarking from these vessels at the stations airlocks.
Antares class vessels varied in specification. The carrier belonging to Orta was described as "old and obsolete", limited to half impulse and lacking visual communication capacity. It could land on a planetary surface. The ships operated by the Bajoran Militia were also limited to impulse speeds. (TNG: "Ensign Ro"; DS9: "Shadows and Symbols")
Some Antares-class transports were warp-capable and equipped with multiple holodecks and lifeboats. Their passenger quarters came in different sizes, with the double accommodation featuring two beds, tables, chairs, and computer terminals. (DS9: "A Man Alone")
Ships of the class
- TNG: "Ensign Ro"
According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 31), Star Trek: The Next Generation writer/consultant Naren Shankar suggested that the Bajoran cargo vessel in "Ensign Ro" be designated as Antares-class as a tip of the hat to the starship Antares from TOS: "Charlie X".