Simple Flying has decided to take a look and see which airlines have placed orders for Boeing aircraft so far this year.
With the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX still the main talking point in aviation circles, we thought we would take a look and see how it might have impacted sales.
In 2018, Chicago-based Boeing recorded 453 orders for its aircraft. This year new aircraft orders up until the end of the second quarter stood at 108. Of these 108 orders, most were placed before the two fatal 737 MAX crashes and the worldwide grounding of the plane in March.
While sales may have slowed down for Boeing they still have a huge amount of backorders to fulfill that include around 4,000 Boeing 737 MAXs according to CNN. This big backlog of orders is another reason while sales have slowed down as most airlines had already placed their orders for new planes.
The list below starts with the biggest orders first and does not include military or unidentified customers.
In March of this year, Lufthansa Group issued a press release (on the same day the FAA grounded the Boeing 737 MAX) to announce the purchase of 20 state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
At the same time as the Boeing order, the German company placed a similar 20 aircraft order for the Airbus A350-900. Both of these new planes are seen as a replacement for older four-engine aircraft that are not as economical to operate.
Korean Air, just like British Airways, took advantage of the Paris Air Show to place an order for 30 new 787 Dreamliners. Korean Air has a firm commitment to purchase 10 787-10s and 10 additional 787-9 aircraft. As a part of the agreement, the Asian carrier will also lease 10 787-10s from ALC.
Speaking about the Boeing order, Walter Cho, Chairman of Korean Air is quoted on a Boeing press release as saying:
“As we continue to innovate our product offering, the 787 Dreamliner family will become the backbone of our long-haul fleet for many years to come.
“In addition to 25% improved fuel efficiency, the stretched 787-10 offers around 15% more space for passengers and cargo than our 787-9s, which will be critical to our long-term business goals.”
IAG, the owners of British Airways, signed a firm deal with Boeing for 18 Boeing 777-9s, with an option for a further 24 aircraft. This deal together with the Airbus A350s the airline has ordered is seen as all being a part of the company’s fleet modernization.
Vietnamese newcomer Bamboo Airways waited for President Trump’s visit to Hanoi before placing an order with Boeing for 10 787-9 Dreamliners. Boeing released a statement after signing ceremony quoting Bamboo Airways Chairman Mr. Trinh Van Quyet as saying:
“We are excited to be adding the new 787 Dreamliner to our growing fleet.
“Our long-term vision is to connect Vietnam with key markets in Asia, Europe, and North America and the Dreamliner will enable us to launch these long-haul operations. The 787’s superior operating economics and efficiency, as well as the passenger pleasing interior of the Dreamliner, will allow us to successfully grow our business while enabling us to better serve our customers.”
The first Boeing 787-9s are scheduled to be delivered to the Vietnamese start-up in the third quarter of 2020.
Another coup for Boeing at the Paris Air Show was Qatar Airways ordering five 777 freighters. The purchase of these new cargo carriers gives Qatar Airways the ability to open up new transpacific routes in addition to the Los Angeles-Macau route that has proved immensely profitable.
Speaking after the signing, CEO Akbar Al Baker is quoted on a Qatar Airways press release as saying:
“I am pleased that Qatar Airways has today signed this landmark order for five new Boeing 777 freighters to add to our cargo fleet. It will increase our Boeing 777 freighter fleet by a full 20%, enabling us to further develop our business and offer new customers the chance to experience a truly first-class logistics service. This is an order that will propel our growth and, I firmly believe, confirm us as the leading cargo operator in the world.”
Last but not least China Airlines has also placed an order for six 777 freighters, three of which it committed to at the Paris Air Show. China Airlines currently operates one of the world’s largest fleets of 747s, which it plans to phase out as the 777s arrive.