Aviation

A Christian airline? There’s one planned for North Texas

What’s billed as the first Christian airline has plans to operate mission flights from a North Texas airport.

Judah 1 — previously based in North Richland Hills — told the Herald Democrat it will operate a new airline from Denison’s North Texas Regional Airport aimed at serving missionary trips traveling across the domestically and internationally. Founder Everett Aaron told the paper the nonprofit will sell tickets to groups or individuals and is not a charter airline.

Judah 1 had originally filed paperwork to fly as a private operator, but the Federal Aviation Administration granted an application switch that would allow the nonprofit to operate an airline, Aaron said in a post on the organization’s website.

Pending certification, Judah 1 will become the “first and only Christian airline,” according to its website.

“This is not just a typical airline,” Aaron told the Herald Democrat.

According to the paper, Judah 1 was founded in Tulsa before moving to Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport.

On it’s website, Judah 1 touts trips in small planes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Wounded Warrior, Kids Against Hunger and Eagle Mountain International Church. A mission flight flew to Nicaragua. Pending federal approval, the airline plans to work with New Jersey-based Kingdom Living Ministries to fly mission trips to Kisumu, a city on Lake Victoria in Kenya.

Judah 1 has three aircraft, according to its website, a McDonnell Douglas MD83, a Falcon 900B and a smaller Cessna 414. A Boeing 767 will also be available.

Judah 1 has operated out of the Lake Texoma Jet Center, but Aaron told the paper plans are in the works for a 60,000-square-foot hangar with an additional 25,000 square feet of office space.

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Luke Ranker covers the intersection of people and government focused on Fort Worth and Tarrant County. He came to Texas from the plains of Kansas, where he wrote about a lot, including government, crime and courts in Topeka. He survived a single winter in Pennsylvania as a breaking news reporter. He can be reached at 817-390-7747 or lranker@star-telegram.com.
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