The first of five U.S.-made aircraft acquired by Poland to transport Polish government officials arrived in the country on Wednesday.
That was reported by Ministry of National Defence Republic of Poland.
The first of the new Polish Air Force’s G550 VIP jets (with the second one expected to be received in mid July, and with the first operational flights to take place in the autumn) has landed at the Warsaw Chopin International Airport on Jun. 21.
The delivery of the aircraft is a tangible effect of the effort made by the Polish government to replace the aging VIP transport fleet, until now consisting of Tu-154M and Yak-40 post-soviet jets.
The current government decided to buy two Gulfstream G550 and three Boeing 737 jets.
The ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, is sensitive to air travel safety because his twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski was killed in a 2010 plane crash. The crash in Russia was not blamed on any technical issues.
Since the crash, state officials travelled by chartering regular flights of the Polish LOT airline or on military helicopters and transport planes.