ROCAF used to operate four Boeing 727-100, purchased from China Airlines in 1982, as VIP transport
(serialed 2721 to 2724).
As these aircraft were built in the 1960s, they became increasingly difficult to support in the 1990s.
By the end of 1996, 2721, 2722, and 2724 had been all retired.
In order to replace the single remaining Boeing 727, the Legislative Yuan approved the
budget for a new Boeing 737-8AR in April 1998,
and the Ministry of National Defense immediately signed the contract with Boeing in June.
The last Boeing 727, 2722, was finally retired on September 28, 1998, and is now
preserved at AIDC's Yang Ming campus.
The ROCAF leased an ex-China Airlines Boeing 737-400, re-registered B-10001,
as a stop-gap measure before the -800 was delivered.
The Boeing 737-800 presidential flight features secure communication systems
and advanced navigation equipment.
It is normally operated by a crew of 12, including three flight attendants.
It was retrofitted with winglets and painted in a new scheme by China Airlines in April 2006.
The single Boeing 737-8AR was handed over to the ROCAF on December 8, 1999.
It returned to Taiwan on February 9, 2000, and subsequently commissioned on March 20.
It is operated by the Presidential Flight Section under Sungshan Air Base Command.