Only 30 Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Have Been Ordered In 2019

It was supposed to be a flagship product on Boeing’s catalogue of aircraft. However, the 737 MAX has proved to be anything but for the Seattle manufacturer who has sold just 30 of the aircraft so far this year.

Boeing 737 MAX, Orders, 2019
The Boeing 737 MAX has only received 30 firm orders so far this year. Photo: Boeing

The Boeing 737 MAX has been plagued by the bad press surrounding its grounding since March. As a result, the aircraft has suffered from a lack of orders this year. In fact, the American manufacturer received its first firm orders for the type in 2019 at the Dubai Airshow. 30 firm orders were placed by two airlines, a sign that airlines’ trust in the aircraft is being restored.

A poor year for orders

This year the Boeing 737 MAX’s competitor, the Airbus A320 family has sold relatively well. In fact, Airbus has sold 725 A320neo family aircraft in 2019 so far. However, the same cannot be said about the Boeing 737 MAX. As of the start of the recent Dubai Airshow, the aircraft had received a grand total of zero orders during 2019.

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Due to the aircraft’s grounding, Boeing was unable to display a 737 MAX at the Dubai Airshow. It was also unable to show off its new 777-9 as the aircraft has yet to take its first flight due to delays to the program. These delays have primarily been caused by issues with the huge new GE9X engine.

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Boeing 737 MAX, Orders, 2019
The 787 was Boeing’s centerpiece at this year’s Dubai Airshow. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

Dubai Airshow

In the commercial aerospace sector, Boeing was mainly showing off its 787 at the Dubai Airshow. However, the manufacturer booked 30 firm orders for the 737 MAX, in addition to a further 30 aircraft on a memorandum of understanding.

Firstly, SunExpress, based in Turkey, placed a firm order for 10 further Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. These were for the aircraft’s -8 variant and were existing options which were firmed up. According to Bloomberg, a further 20 orders were placed by an unidentified customer, likely to be announced at a later date.

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Kazakh carrier, Air Astana also held a press conference with Boeing regarding the 737 MAX. The Asian carrier there placed a memorandum of understanding for 30 aircraft. If firmed up, these will go to the carrier’s new low-cost subsidiary, Fly Arystan.

A TARAM (Transport Aircraft Risk Assessment Methodology) is one of several safety tools regularly used by the FAA to analyze safety issues. The FAA’s Corrective Action Review Board relied on TARAM results — as well as information from the ongoing investigation into the accident of a Boeing 737 MAX in Indonesia — to validate the agency’s immediate decision to issue a Nov. 7, 2018, Emergency Airworthiness Directive. The directive reminded pilots of the important procedures to promptly correct runaway stabilizer trim. On March 12, the agency completed a subsequent TARAM that considered the most likely scenario for the 737 MAX accident in Ethiopia. The accident investigation team also worked overnight to collect and analyze satellite data that might corroborate the hypothesis while investigators provided additional information from the accident site. The FAA acted immediately to ground the aircraft on March 13 after verifying the satellite data, which was reinforced by evidence from the crash site. Background: The data assumes a 45-year fleet life and a total fleet of 4,800 aircraft. The results are predicated on what would occur if NO action were taken. We took action — immediately issuing an Emergency AD and requiring follow-up fixes by the manufacturer.
IAG is looking to receive its first Boeing 737 MAX in 2020. Photo: Boeing

Huge IAG letter of intent

Elsewhere in the year, at the Paris airshow, the International Airlines Group placed a large letter of intent. The parent company of airlines such as British Airways and Iberia placed a letter of intent for 200 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. If firmed up, these would go to British Airways, Vueling, and LEVEL. Additionally, it seems as though IAG boss Willie Walsh is in serious talks over the order, even negotiating an earlier order date.

Will Boeing 737 MAX orders pick up in 2020? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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mileduets

There will be certainly a lot of announcements as soon as the Max is ungrounded. Understandably most air lines are reluctant to make such an announcement during the grounding, as it raises more questions and concerns than positive feelings among customers and investors. A few more cautious airlines will follow a bit later once customer trust in restored.

David C.

Oh I think AB has the upper hand in this market size right now. The MAX is never going to regain the market share it once threatened to control. The airframe is tainted and the next evolution in technology is already flying in the form of the 787 and the A220. Yeah, they may snag some more sales, but they will be bargain basement prices and not the cash cow that the 737 Airframe used to be. Its time to move on…

Shapes

The max is past its sell by date now, who would order one of these old design relics going into the future?

Eamon

That’s thirty too many…

Colm

When the grounding is lifted yes there will be more orders announced, however you can be guaranteed the pricing on these will be much lower than what they would have been before the grounding! If and it’s still an if IAG firm up their order two big things. Firstly it only cancels out the jet airways order which was cancelled and secondly you ou can Imagine that Willy got this planes for below cost so will actually cost Boeing money (on the order) but they are willing to do it to try and gain back confidence in the plane.

David C.

Time to clean sheet that puppy! Or sit and wait while Airbus either does an A220-500 (18% better fuel burn and longer between major maintenance) or Airbus Announces a replacement A320… After all, they aren’t sitting in Toulouse waiting for Boeing to make the next move now, are they. (though they are probably smirking at the pain the MAX is causing)

Niklas Andersson

A360XLR on going

Armand2REP

Airbus isn’t smirking over Boeing’s downfall. The US is very protectionist who makes it difficult to do business in that country. They preach free trade but they don’t practice what they preach. When they have a disagreement with France they change the name of French Fries to Freedom Fries even though it has nothing to do with the country. Their politicians are vindictive and childish, it is really a very immature political system they have.

Max

Airbus is owned by severaldifferent countries, they never need to make a profit, as long as they just keep people employed, and you wonder why America are protectionist ???

Gerry S

@Max: Never need to make a profit? Are you kidding? Airbus is cleaning up. Look at all the aircraft they are selling. Can’t even keep up with demand.Why would this make U.S. protectionist? Are you referring to the tariffs Trump wants to impose on “foreign” aircraft? Fat lot of good that will do. US airlines will still buyAirbus. Trump’s time has come and this protectionist thing will be gone by the end of next year.

TonytTDK

Max, You’re right, they don’t actually NEED to make a profit……. BUT….. apart from the A380, which has covered all of it’s production costs, but never recovered it’s development costs, EVERYTHING which Airbus has EVER made has made a profit, development costs included AND the LOANS (not grants) they’ve received have been fully paid-off AND THEN the respective Governments have been paid dividends.!!!! Airbus is not & never was an ’employment programme’. It was always a plan to amalgamate the large number of small European aviation businesses into ONE large company which could compete with Boeing, McDonnell-Douglas & Lockheed. The… Read more »

Niklas Andersson

AIRBUS USA in MOBILE …. Manufacturing and assembling A320Neo and A220 in US… How many american works there ? GE with CFM? …@TonytTDK… denying the some fact…is like a Brainwash dude looking only at FOX TV channel… and get inFOXicated

JFP

AIrbus has a “Final Assembly” facility in Mobile. Assembly is different from production.

TonytTDK

JFP,
True,
but my point was that AIrbus already have staff & structure in the USA,
so it wouldn’t be such a big step to take over a pre-existing manufacturing facility.
it’s not as if they’ve got no experience in manufacturing, design, procurement or supply-chain, is it.?

Gerry S

Once again. Don’t bad mouth the Republicans.They will unlease Trump on you. (lol)

JFP

Armand, you are right and wrong. You are right about U.S. politicians being vindictive and childish. That is at all levels. We have politicians that cheer when companies do not locate to their area. However, you are wrong about the US being very protectionistic. As an example, new cars imported into the U.S. are hit with only a 2% duty. The U.S. government has been anti-business for decades from the neighborhood lemonade stand on up. The current U.S. Congress has had Boeing in its sights longer than they have had Donald Trump. And, Donald Trump did Boeing no favors by… Read more »

Gerry S

@JFP: Biggest pile of shoot I have ever heard anyone utter. Congress is anti-Boeing? Someone better tell them fast. Relating as fact, fake news does no-one any good. Boeing has many, many contracts with U.S. Many are military centered. Boeing is one of U.S.’s major companies. The MAX debacle will not sink it. ANTI-BUSINESS you say? Are you American? Do you live here? I don’t think so. Nothing you said makes sense.

Gnoelj

Proud Amerikan, what have you done with all the first nation peoples?

Gerry S

Huh?

Armand2REP

JFP, most of the tariffs included against Airbus are not even towards aircraft but to German auto imports. Trump is trying to hurt France but he is hurting Germany far more as they are reliant on auto exports to the US market. France was smart enough to avoid them.

Gerry S

Are we now up to nation-bashing?

TonytTDK

David C,
I suspect that the ‘wise heads’ at AIrbus are NOT smirking at all……. but are reminding themselves that you’re only as good as your product.?
& realising that if they drop their guard, it could just as easily happen to them.?

JFP

“…it could just as easily happen to them…”

Won’t happen. The Airbus subsidiary EASA will never again certify a Boeing aircraft. Airbus will continue to self-certify. And, unlike Boeing, will continue to vet their new build purchasers and re-sale airframe buyers.

TonytTDK

Donkey.!

TonytTDK

JFP,
Perhaps your obsession with hating Airbus has got in the way.?
Do you realise that there are MORE than two aviation regulatory bodies for the Whole World.?
Even if the FAA allowed the MAX to fly tomorrow, it’d only be licensing about 15-20% of all the current built MAX’s.?
AFAIA, Chinese airlines (which country of course has it’s own regulatory body) is currently the largest ‘operators’ of MAX’s.
So if they refuse to certify it, Boeing will get around a hundred of them back, presumably in anticipation of a cash refund, not a credit note.?

Martin

I saw a fabulous quote this week from CMC’s Mr Hewitson. “It is clear to me that there is something fundamentally flawed in a plane that requires an elaborate and complex software fix to keep it in the air safely. Such a fix may work in a military aircraft where the pilot is able to eject, but it is “simply untenable” in a commercial aircraft that carries hundreds of passengers” . Do you think Boeing will add an ejector seat option? 😉

Frank

I’m sure if Boeing could find a way for 1) The FAA to sign off on it, 2) There was ZERO weight penalty to the airframe 3) They could manufacture it on the cheap and 4) They could charge the customer for the option…it would be on the plane

Gerry S

@Martin: Big difference between a civil airliner and a jet fighter. Modern fighters are designed from the start to be unstable. Maneuverability is key to performance and instability key to it’s superiority. Computers keep it stable in flight or else it will fall to the ground. Civil airliners are designed to be STABLE. If one needs computers to make it so then something is wrong. And when the software fails, like you said, unlike a fighter jock who can bail, ………well, you know.

Martin

@Gerry5. My comment is very tongue in cheek. A fighter jets instability can give it superior maneuverability. I’ve not explicitly stated this, but Boeing are clearly not as experienced at writing quality software code for commuter aircraft as compared to that European manufacturer…. The entire thought process behind MCAS was so flawed as to beggar belief. The only greater stupidity was that Boeing also thought a fault in a single sensor should be able to crash a commercial airliner.

Gerry S

Gotcha. Understand.

TonytTDK

IMHO, the biggest single problem with MCAS is the lack of redundancy of information in the system.?
Creating a system which can completely take-over control of the aircraft from the pilots, based upon only one sensor is frankly amazing.!
This appears to have been done not for safety reasons, but to avoid the extensive flight crew retraining, a wholly new interactive system would have necessitated.?

TonyC

Agree it is amazing that boeing let this single point of failure oas through the design stage. This points to systemic problems at boeing that are very worrying. This is a very basic design error

TonytTDK

The MAX is going to quietly be renamed by Boeing & relaunched, as & when it’s recertified.
They’ll discount the ass off it, possibly below cost for a big enough order,? but everyone who offers to ‘show faith’ in the product will be welcomed by Boeing with open arms & BIG discounts.!!!
Boeing has sold 30 of the MAX & Airbus 700+ of the A320.
How much more does anyone need to know about the way airlines are thinking right now.?

Niklas Andersson

Simple re-brand Boeing Max by Trump XLR… Make Aircraft Greedy Again

Farhan Nazar

Is that such a suprise?

Kevin

The wonder to me is that they actually sold 30. I agree with all the commenter’s that stated Boeing must be discounting like crazy to have even gotten this many sales under these circumstances.

Dos

But isn’t that what they have complained about Airbus selling A220 at below cost?

Ken

Any data on cancelled orders?

Max

Tom you are a genius ! is this surprising to you ?

Bryce

To add to Boeing’s self-inflicted misery:
The Chinese regulator has presented Boeing with a list of concerns that it has regarding the changes to the MAX…

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-boeing-737max-china/chinas-aviation-regulator-raised-concerns-with-boeing-on-737-max-design-changes-idUSKBN1YG0NL?il=0

Niklas Andersson

Simple re-brand Boeing Max by Trump XLR… Make Aircraft Greedy Again

Owen

@ Tom Boon Dear Tom, You say you are an “aerospace technology graduate with a passion for writing”, which in my books makes you an aerospace journalist. So, with apologies to Country Joe and the Fish, Give me an F, give me an M, give me an E and give me an A. What’s that mean? What’s that mean? What’s that mean? Surely, as an aerospace technology graduate and journalist you know what that acronym stands for or is it a methodology past its sell-by? I have yet to read or see anyone question Boeing about whether it submitted MCAS… Read more »

Shapes

Well said