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Largest Ever Launch Customer Order?  
User currently offlineThaigold From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 315 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2728 times:


The ANA order for 50 7E7's seems like a very large order for a launch customer. Does anyone know which airline placed the largest ever order for a new airliner - both quantity and value??

Or is this the largest ever - which I'm sure Boeing already would have mentioned if it was.....


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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

The ANA order was the largest ever launch order for Boeing. I'm not sure if this is the largest in history, or if there has been a larger Airbus order.


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User currently offlineEastbay From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 211 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2691 times:

How about jetBlue and their order for 100 firm/100 options of the Emb190? That's gotta be up there.

User currently offlineRamerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1487 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

What about WN buying the 737s. From the Beoing web site:
<"The Next-Generation 737-700 was launched in November 1993 with Southwest Airlines' order for 63 airplanes.">
It's larger than the 50 and interestingly, the smallest one I found was 10 orders for the 737-900.

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User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2296 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

I have no numbers, but I am certain that USSR-time Aeroflot's launch orders for some Ilyushins or Tupolevs in the 60s, 70s or 80s must have been in the hundreds.

User currently offlineNBC News1 From UK - England, joined May 2001, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

I definitely read in a yahoo article that this ANA order @ 50 was the largest launch order for an airliner.

It specifically cited the old record being a tie when UAL and Eastern ordered 40 727-100's each.


I guess the Southwest order doesn't count because the 737 wasn't an "all-new" plane.

That is a good point about the Aeroflot orders....those orders were massive and I would agree that they likely ordered more than 50 as a launch customer for at least one of the airplanes.

User currently offlineBustraveler From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2232 times:

I think that when the article stated that the 50 orders for the 7E7 were the largest for a launch customer, they were referring to the purchase price. This, I would think, would be the largest launch order in terms of $$$$.

User currently offlineThaigold From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 315 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2111 times:

What about the largest launch order for Airbus???

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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1682 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2097 times:

Emirates A380 order perhaps?

User currently offlineFlying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4180 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

All BS. Largest launch order was Crossair's Embraer 170&195 order for 60 + 140 frames. Another major launch order was the 60 + 60 728JET order from Lufthansa, and - even though not a whole new family was launched - Jet Blue's Embraer 190 order for 100 + 100 frames decently fits into this category. Another "award: which doesn't belong to Boeing...


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User currently offlineFlamant15 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

I thought Ryan Air ordered 100 737-800s with an option for 50 more

they did

Then they increased that order the following year

they also did

I don't know where it puts it on the all time list, but it is up there.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6462 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

I wonder where Continental and the Embraer 145 stand. I think perhaps a bit higher than any of the above.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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