Boeing Gets No January Orders For The 1st Time In Over 50 Years!

Boeing has had its worst January in regards to aircraft sales in over 50 years. The American aircraft manufacturer clocked zero orders for new aircraft this January. According to Reuters, the last time this happened was in 1962.

Boeing, Zero Orders, January
Boeing clocked zero January orders for the first time in over half a decade. Photo: Boeing

Boeing hasn’t had the best of luck recently when it comes to orders. The manufacturer has faced delays in its 777X project in addition to the grounding of the 737 MAX. As a result, new aircraft orders at the company have, of late, been few and far between. In fact, since the 737 MAX grounding, the company has only sold a few of the aircraft at the Dubai Airshow last November.

Zero January orders

Boeing secured zero orders for aircraft last month. This has the first time that Boeing has had this poor of a January result since 1962 – 58 years ago! In terms of commercial aircraft, Boeing is running quite thin on what it can reasonably sell.


There is, of course, the Boeing 787, however, most carriers that want this have, by this point, already placed orders. That leaves the 777X, which has just taken its first flight, in addition to the 737 MAX, which is currently grounded. As a result, we have arrived at the first time that Boeing has failed to sell a single aircraft in the month of January for over half a century.

Boeing, Zero Orders, January
The last time the American manufacturer clocked zero orders in January was in 1962. Photo: Boeing

Could things get better?

While January may have been a dud for Boeing, things could potentially start to get better. The American aircraft manufacturer was reportedly in talks earlier this week with Bamboo Airways over a potential order for the 777X.

Additionally, it seems as though things will be getting better for the 737 MAX as well. Earlier today, at the Singapore Airshow, the Federal Aviation administration’s Administrator, Steve Dickson, revealed that the Boeing 737 MAX is almost ready for its first test flights in order to achieve recertification.


There is clearly still interest in the aircraft, as we have seen some orders and more in the past year. At the Paris Air Show, the International Airlines Group placed a memorandum of understanding for 200 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Additionally, at the Dubai Airshow in November last year, the American aerospace manufacturer also placed some orders for the Boeing 737 MAX, including with Air Astana for its LCC subsidiary, Fly Arystan.

Boeing, Zero Orders, January
Boeing has secured at least three converted freighter orders at the Singapore Airshow. Photo: Boeing

In late January, it was revealed that Boeing had shipped just 380 aircraft in 2019, down from 806 the previous year. Simultaneously, the company announced its first loss in 23 years. Could things change in February? Well, we will have to wait and see! However, it won’t be as bad as January as at least three 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters have been ordered at the Singapore Airshow.

What do you make of this latest hiccup for Boeing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.


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Muda Sulaiman

The Original 777 is already behind the A350…

The 757 didn’t get that NG upgrade or such…

The 747 is retired or converted to Freighter…

The 737 MAX? Airlines might think multiple times before ordering it, they might opt for A220 instead.

The 787? Well, the A330 is a good competitor and with the commonality from Airbus…it is hard to resist.

However, I do hope Boeing can bounce from this one. I want to see 787 Dreamliner NG…avoid MAX branding from now on.


I couldn’t agree more. A 757NG would have been the pack leader if they’d had the foresight to see which way the market was going. A bigger wing with new, fuel efficient engines and composites – it would have secured the next decade for Boeing.
This last 12 months should serve as wisdom and warning for Boeing.


At the Paris air show, the International Airlines Group placed a memorandum of understanding for 200 Boeing 737 Max aircraft. If memory serves, it is an LOI, not an MOU – which is less binding. An MOU is enforceable in a court. Where those aircraft go, is another story… Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Vueling have no Boeing aircraft in their fleets (well, 1 757-200 at Aer Lingus) and Speedbird has an all Airbus narrowbody fleet, with about 17 Neo’s to come. If the Max’s are going to replace the older Airbus A318/319/320 which totals about 125 and keeps the 35… Read more »


I think that if EASA sticks to it’s guns, this dodo will only fly within the u.s. Due to the much larger engines shifted higher and foreward of the c.o.g makes it a much larger matter than the oft targeted of getting the MCAS performing correctly. I have no doubt that tRump will get involved, and it will be us an against them mentality. American hubris might just well play a key role with this dodo.


Trump got involved. That’s not only why the MAX got grounded but why there were no orders in January. And, why Boeing is in its death throes. When the next major RFP comes from the DoD, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin should all respond with tourist brochures for Toulouse. If DoD had half a brain, they would’ve explained to the FAA “The Law of Unintended Consequences”.


I don’t think ‘luck’ has anything to do with where Boeing finds itself Tom

Bruce Ghent

A sign of the times. The arrogance of Boeing’s methodolgy and lack of cocern for safety over profits borders on the criminal. The FAA should be restructured, revamped or scrapped.


Ho well that’s what happens when you lie and kill people for your own greed