Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is to open services to Afghanistan with a daily flight to the capital, Kabul, from early December.
Emirates says the connection will operated by an Airbus A340-500 configured with a three-class layout, including 12 first-class, 42 business-class and 204 economy-class seats.
It says it has "identified a demand for a premium service airline offering" from Dubai.
"We expect the flight to be particularly popular with corporate business travellers, as well as Afghan nationals returning home to visit friends and family," the carrier adds.
"It will also present a new opportunity for cargo operations to the country, particularly for the shipment of pharmaceuticals, perishable foodstuffs and construction materials."
Emirates will begin the service on 4 December, taking its route network to 138 destinations.