A NEW Boeing 737-800 has been delivered to the Polish Air Force for VIP transport duties. The aircraft, 737-86X 0110 (c/n 61358/6370, ex N893BA) arrived at 1 Baza Lotnictwa Transportowego (1 BLTr – 1st Air Transport Base) Warsaw-Okecie Airport today, November 15. It was welcomed with a formal ceremony during which it was officially named ‘Marshal Józef Piłsudski’.
The aircraft was originally built for Chinese airline 9 Air and had made its maiden flight on April 13, 2017. Although it was painted in full 9 Air colours, it was not taken up by the airline and instead sold to the Polish Government. It was ferried from Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington, via Baltimore, Maryland, to Dinard, France, on October 23-25 for repainting in Polish Air Force colours. It was noted test flying from Dinard in full Polish markings on November 11 before being delivered today.
It is the first of three 737s that will enter Polish service. The remaining two will be Boeing Business Jet 2 variants, which are due for delivery next year. As previously reported on Warnsey’s World, two Gulfstream G550s have also recently been added to the VIP fleet at 1 BLTr, where they arrived on June 21 and July 29.