TWO BRAND new Gulfstream G550 executive jets have been delivered to the Polish Air Force for VIP transport duties and are expected to take up their new role in September. Both will be operated by 1 Baza Lotnictwa Transportowego (1st Air Transport Base) at Warsaw-Okecie. The first, 0001 (c/n 5547, ex N547GA) ‘Prince Józef Poniatowski’, was officially handed over on June 18 in the company’s completion and service centre at Appleton International Airport, Wisconsin. It left there the same day for Bermuda, then arrived in Warsaw on June 21, escorted in by Polish Air Force F-16s before receiving a water cannon salute on landing, followed by a formal welcoming ceremony.
The second G550, 0002 (c/n 5554, ex N554GD) ‘General Kazimierz Pulaski’, arrived at Bydgoszcz on July 29. The contract for these 16-seat VIP aircraft, which had been signed on November 14, 2016, also includes a logistics package, technical documentation, pilot and ground crew training, plus operational support.
Additionally, the Polish Air Force is acquiring three Boeing 737-800s to further boost its VIP fleet, two of which will be BBJ2s (Boeing Business Jet 2s). The first of these, the standard 737-800, is due for delivery later this year. All three will also be named, as ‘Józef Piłsudski’, ‘Roman Dmowski’ and ‘Ignacy Jan Paderewski’. The names for all five aircraft were selected through a competition organised by the Polish Ministry of National Defence.