The first-ever Christian airline is set to launch next year thanks to a nonprofit ministry. The airline will be a source of travel for missionaries to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide.
Judah 1 is currently based out of Shreveport Regional Airport in Shreveport, Louisiana, and has already carried small groups of missionaries to disaster areas and mission fields.
Next year, Judah 1 will "go from being private, which is what we are now, to an actual airline standard," said Judah 1 President and CEO Everett Aaron. Upon receiving its Federal Aviation Administration certification, Judah 1 will be in the same league as some of the big name airlines.
"By the end of next year, we would like to have three to four large planes," said Aaron. "As of yesterday, we now have a Boeing added to our fleet, a Boeing 767-200ER. … It seats 238 people and can go anywhere in the world with one-stop. It carries 30 tons of cargo."
Although missionaries will have to pay airfare, Judah 1 has no baggage or cargo fees.
"We will be non-scheduled and we do not have to have approved routes," Aaron said. "So, that means we can go where we want when we want, unlike most airlines … that have to have certain schedules that they fly, have to have certain routes. We don't have to do that."
Last year, Judah 1 transported a humanitarian group called Operation Blessing to the Bahamas to bring relief to Hurricane Dorian victims. According to Aaron, Judah1 will help Operation Blessing in the coming weeks to provide relief to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Judah 1 has also partnered with Samaritan's Purse and Eagle Mountain Church.