Currently a private operator serving missionaries in Texas, Judah 1 says it has been granted permission by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to become a recognised air carrier.
In a message posted on its website, founder Everett Aaron said: "This means Judah 1 will have the freedom to transport as many different churches and mission organisations as we can.
"This is a huge honour and privilege and we give God all the glory! Thank you so much Judah 1 partners and friends for making this possible!"
Founded in 2013, Judah has already been using smaller aircraft to transport hundreds of missionaries from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to their mission fields.
Under ambitious new plans, a 140-seat MD-83 aircraft (pictured below) has been purchased with a view to operating flights from North Texas Regional Airport.
Explaining the need for a bigger plane, Mr Aaron told local news channel KTEN: "Not only will we be carrying the missionaries, but we're also going to transport their cargo on the same flight."
Judah 1 says its new status hinges upon receiving certifications from the Department of Transportation and the FAA.
Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.