Afghan carrier Safi Airways is to open a European connection to Frankfurt next month, a development which follows recognition of the airline's compliance with ICAO standards.
Safi Airways is to start operating the Kabul-Frankfurt service, its first long-haul connection, on 15 June.
It will fly the route thrice-weekly using Boeing 767-200ER aircraft, configured with 18 business-class and 196 economy-class seats.
The airline has just been formally certified as ICAO-compliant and chief executive Tilmann Gabriel says it will "work towards" a full IATA operational audit.
Afghan transport minister Hidullah Farrooqi says the Government is pursuing a "safe, secure and robust aviation system" in Afghanistan and wants to "encourage" all carriers to adopt ICAO practices.
Safi Airways, founded in 2006, also has a fleet of Boeing 737-300s. The carrier operates to the Gulf region as well as to several Afghan cities.