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What Was The Single Largest Airplane Order?  
User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 10141 times:

Anybody know what was the single largest airplane order in number of planes and dollar values??

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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 10145 times:

One of them has got to be DayJet's order of Eclipse 500s... the ordered 239 of them at once.

I'm going to guess the largest in both number and dollar values is probably military. The B-2 and F-22 come to mind.


User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7062 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 10120 times:

Either Pan Am for 747s or Emirates for A380s ?


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User currently offlinePiedmont767LGW From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 10110 times:

Quoting JAL777 (Thread starter):
Anybody know what was the single largest airplane order in number of planes and dollar values??

It could be US Airways initial order for airbus a/c.

On November 6, 1996, just following the re-branding to US Airways, US Airways placed an order for up to 400 Airbus A320-series narrowbody aircraft, with 120 firm orders at the time of the order signing. At the time, it was regarded as the largest single aircraft order in history. In 1998, the airline followed with an order for up to 30 Airbus A330-series or A340-series widebody aircraft, with an initial firm order for 7 A330-300 aircraft.

Don't know if that order has been exceed in terms of a/c or $$ by a subsequent order by another source. However, due to the situation post 9/11, much of the US Airways order has been unfilled, postponed or cancelled.

Additionally, several of the a/c delivered from that initial order have been turned back in to the leasing companies as a result of restructuring associated with multiple bankruptcies.


User currently offlineMCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 10045 times:

In terms of dollars, I'd have to second the B-2A, by a large margin probably. As for number of aircraft, I couldn't tell you. The F-16 has always been a hot seller.


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User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3010 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 10028 times:

What about sticking to just commercial aircraft? I'd say US's order for the A320 would be the largest.

However, I think when the 737RS is about to be lauched, WN will place an order exceeding US's.



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User currently offlineMCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 10012 times:

Quoting Brons2 (Reply 5):
What about sticking to just commercial aircraft?

Sure, I'd be happy to. However, the OP didn't state commercial aircraft, they just said "aiplane" and the B-2 and F-16 are airplanes, last time I checked anyway.  Silly



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User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2887 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9997 times:

Air India's recent order of 68 boeing aircraft will easily be one of the largest in terms of value---
15---77Ws
27---787-800s
18---737-800

The order was estimated to be valued at about 11 Billion USD.

I dont think there has been an order excess of that in terms of value

Karan


User currently offlineMCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9976 times:

I'd say that if QF execises their 787 options that'd go a long way to some kind of record.

[Edited 2007-02-24 08:22:40]


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User currently offlineWillyj From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9947 times:

What about AA's order in the 90's? It included a 20 year contract to only buy boeing.

User currently offlineXT6Wagon From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3393 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9946 times:

Quoting Brons2 (Reply 5):
However, I think when the 737RS is about to be lauched, WN will place an order exceeding US's.

given that WN NEEDS a couple of frames a month for decades to come just for replacement..... Its certain that WN would order anything upto 1000 firm+options to make sure they get all the slots they need over those years for replacements and planned growth.


User currently offlineONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 380 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9934 times:

Quoting Flyf15 (Reply 1):
I'm going to guess the largest in both number and dollar values is probably military. The B-2 and F-22 come to mind.



Quoting Karan69 (Reply 7):
The order was estimated to be valued at about 11 Billion USD.

I dont think there has been an order excess of that in terms of value

21 B-2's at a price tag of around $2.2 billion a piece and you've got yourself quite a hefty little order in terms of value. $46.2 billion. Wow!

ONT



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User currently offlineBoeingFever777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 409 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9919 times:

Quoting Columba (Reply 2):
Either Pan Am for 747s or Emirates for A380s ?

Nah...

American Airlines U.S.A. North America MD-80-82 PW 01-Feb-1984 67
American Airlines U.S.A. North America 757-200 RR 25-May-1988 50
American Airlines U.S.A. North America 737-800 CF 21-Nov-1996 75

Pan Am World Airways U.S.A. North America 747-100 PW 13-Apr-1966 25

Southwest Airlines U.S.A. North America 737-700 CF 22-Jan-1998 59
Southwest Airlines U.S.A. North America 737-700 CF 29-Jun-2000 94
Southwest Airlines U.S.A. North America 737-700 CF 20-Apr-2006 79

Ryanair Ireland Europe 737-800 CF 24-Jan-2002 100

GOL Airlines Brazil South America 737-800 CF 26-Jul-2005 30

JAL International Japan East Asia 737-800 CF 10-May-2005 30

Continental Airlines U.S.A. North America 737-500 CF 10-Oct-1996 30

ILFC U.S.A. North America 737-400 CF 16-May-1988 48
ILFC U.S.A. North America 737-800 CF 08-Mar-2000 36

GE Capital Corporation U.S.A. North America 737-700 CF 26-Sep-2000 34
GE Capital Corporation U.S.A. North America 737-800 CF 22-Jan-1996 38

United Airlines U.S.A. North America 737-200 PW 05-Apr-1965 40
United Airlines U.S.A. North America 737-300 CF 07-Nov-1985 101
United Airlines U.S.A. North America 757-200 PW 26-Apr-1989 58

Qantas Australia Oceania 787-8 30-Mar-2006 15
Qantas Australia Oceania 787-9 30-Mar-2006 30

Could go on with more! I'm not a Airbus fan and have no clue how research their product... Maybe Air Berlin?

Air Berlin Germany Europe 737-800 CF 22-Dec-2006 60

[Edited 2007-02-24 08:58:03]


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21502 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9893 times:

Didn't B6 order 100 A320s?

China ordering 60 firm 787s was big too, even if they were broken down into multiple airlines.

NH and JL orders for 787s were large.



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User currently offlineXT6Wagon From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3393 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9877 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 13):
China ordering 60 firm 787s was big too, even if they were broken down into multiple airlines.

Problem with "china" orders is that they are not real orders until the specific airline orders it out of the pool of avalible aircraft. So at best they are "options" until the individual airline picks them up. Also given that best people can tell the first exchange of money for the frames happens at this time, I would say that "purchace right" is closer to the correct term for what the initial contract from China to Boeing/Airbus.


User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7062 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9866 times:

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 12):
Air Berlin Germany Europe 737-800 CF 22-Dec-2006 60

It was said to be the biggest 737 order in Germany if it was the largest airplane order they would have said so.
BTW not too long ago there was a rumor in a German forum that AB has the option to turn this order into some 787s wouldn´t that be cool if true  Smile

Back to topic:
How about Aeroflot and Tu 154s ?

I guess the largest military order ever might be US Army for C-47s during WW II ?



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User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2887 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9865 times:

Quoting ONTFlyer (Reply 11):
21 B-2's at a price tag of around $2.2 billion a piece and you've got yourself quite a hefty little order in terms of value. $46.2 billion. Wow!

That is certainly a WOW, but i thought we were discussing only Commercial aircraft orders, i think in commercial terms the AI order is the largest by value.

Karan


User currently offlineBoeingFever777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 409 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9856 times:

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 7):
I dont think there has been an order excess of that in terms of value

Close though...

Emirates United Arab Emirates Middle East 777-200LR GE 21-Nov-2005 10
Emirates United Arab Emirates Middle East 777-300ER GE 21-Nov-2005 24
Emirates United Arab Emirates Middle East 777F GE 21-Nov-2005 8

10 billion USD.



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User currently offlineBoeingFever777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 409 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9842 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 13):
NH and JL orders for 787s were large.

All Nippon Airways Japan East Asia 737-700 CF 27-Jun-2003 45
All Nippon Airways Japan East Asia 787-3 RR 26-Jul-2004 30
All Nippon Airways Japan East Asia 787-8 RR 26-Jul-2004 20

JAL International Japan East Asia 787-3 GE 10-May-2005 13
JAL International Japan East Asia 787-8 GE 10-May-2005 17

Somewhat...  Smile



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User currently offlineMCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9826 times:

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 16):
That is certainly a WOW,

What's even more of a "wow" is getting to see them do their thing regulary. The entire fleet lives a 45 minute drive from here.  Wink



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User currently offlineXT6Wagon From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3393 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9826 times:

Quoting ONTFlyer (Reply 11):
21 B-2's at a price tag of around $2.2 billion a piece and you've got yourself quite a hefty little order in terms of value. $46.2 billion. Wow!

of course with only 21 frames, the price per frame is high given the fixed development costs. The real shame is that they could have had a whole hell of alot more frames for not that much more money since they pulled the plug at Basicly the worst point possible. Enough frames to require heavy capital investment in a "line" but too few to actually spread the costs out much.

Then again 21 is enough to scare anyone sane enough to assume the B2 does what they say it does, and 100 is not much more useful against those too stupid to care.


User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7062 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9798 times:

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 16):
That is certainly a WOW, but i thought we were discussing only Commercial aircraft orders, i think in commercial terms the AI order is the largest by value.

From the Boeing Website:

"Boeing, Air India Celebrate Order Agreement for 68 Jets; Largest Commercial Airplane Order in India's Civil Aviation History"

http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2006/q1/060111a_nr.html

Seems to be "only" the largest commercial order in India.

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 12):
Nah...

American Airlines U.S.A. North America MD-80-82 PW 01-Feb-1984 67
American Airlines U.S.A. North America 757-200 RR 25-May-1988 50
American Airlines U.S.A. North America 737-800 CF 21-Nov-1996 75

Pan Am World Airways U.S.A. North America 747-100 PW 13-Apr-1966 25

I was thinking by Dollar value -not by the number of aircraft ordered- the Pan Am 747 order might be the largest aircraft order ever. Back in 1966 an order for 25 747s that had to be an awful ot of cash and the order nearly made Pan Am bankrupt.
Number of aircraft I think it has to be AA for MD 80s.
Also what was the largest 737 order ever placed by Southwest ?

[Edited 2007-02-24 09:07:04]


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User currently offlineMacilree From New Zealand, joined Dec 2006, 243 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9758 times:

An order for 77 B777 aircraft by SQ rings a bell. Can someone elaborate as to how many B777 aircraft SQ is currently operating and has on order?

John Macilree's Weblog



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User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9724 times:

Quoting Macilree (Reply 22):
An order for 77 B777 aircraft by SQ rings a bell. Can someone elaborate as to how many B777 aircraft SQ is currently operating and has on order?

John Macilree's Weblog

This might be it... Boeing valued it at $12.7B in 1995 dollars!  Wow!

http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/1995/news.release.951114-a.html


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9692 times:

The US Airways Group contract with Airbus still remains the largest aircraft order ever.

NS


25 Post contains links JAL777 : New York Times has the order as only being worth $5B? http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstra...F2071FFB355C0C748CDDA80994DE494D81
26 Post contains images MCIGuy : You know you're talking about the airline industry when you say "only" $5B.
27 Gigneil : Volume, not value. NS
28 UnitedNRT : United, in 1990, placed an order for various Boeing aircraft worth $22billion USD. Regards all, UnitedNRT
29 Karan69 : Thats because it was the biggest in terms of numbers as well as value in the countries history That might be true but do not forget that SQ got it si
30 Oldeuropean : That was the first thing that came to my mind, when I read the topic. They have had hundreds of them. Anybody here, who knows something about SU and
31 Post contains images Ikramerica : Tell that to Airbus... You don't think 50 widebodies on one day is big? Question was largest order in value and largest order in numbers. 50 widebodi
32 BoeingFever777 : Firm... Southwest Airlines U.S.A. North America 737-700 CF 29-Jun-2000 94 Southwest Airlines placed an order for up to 290 Next-Generation 737s in Ju
33 Keesje : I think the US DoD ordering 600 Boeing kc-707s in the mid/late fifties for delivery in 4-5 years is still unprecedented.
34 Post contains images PC12Fan : IIRC, the breakdown was for 34 777's w/ 34 options along with a selected number of 744's, of which I cannot RC.
35 BoeingFever777 : Doubtful... In 1990 UA placed a grand total of 23 firm a/c. 747-400 x7 777-200 x16 1989 was UA's big year... 2 separate orders. 737-500 x57 757-200 x
36 UAEflyer : Emirates orders are massive they ordered 29 A332's 43 A380's dont know the exact number but they ordered a huge number of 77W (today they operate more
37 BoeingFever777 : Yes you are correct! (42) total firm a/c all 777's. Emirates United Arab Emirates Middle East 777-200LR GE 21-Nov-2005 10 Emirates United Arab Emirat
38 Post contains images PlymSpotter : The exact numbers are difficult to come by, partly because of Russian secrecy and partly because being communist and all operations being nationalise
39 AirFrnt : The largest civilian order for a while was the launch order for the L-1011, which IIRC, several carriers grouped together to order 50 at the start.
40 UnitedNRT : I'm not familiar with United's aircraft orders, I will check with who I can that would know. I know that there was a $22billion order, even Boeing ta
41 Steeler83 : It's a shame that all of this happened. Otherwise, they'd have plenty of aircraft for major international expansion out of PHL that they're doing now
42 Kappel : I doubt it, see below: WN usually purchases aircraft in phases. Sure, it might be an order for 300 aircraft including options, but IMHO at most 100 w
43 BoeingFever777 : Source please? I cannot see 23 a/c costing UA 22billion... You say Boeing "notes it" then you must have a source, no? Just not seeing it man... Mainl
44 Atrude777 : I had thought NWA's order for the A320 was the largest ever, and for NWA and Airbus, at the time it was done? Also they placed a huge order for DC9 to
45 EXAAUADL : American Airlines MD-80s? Where they ordered at one time or multiple times?
46 Post contains links UnitedNRT : "In just nine days in October 1990, the company placed the largest aircraft order in commercial aviation history -- $22 billion dollars --" http://ww
47 N1120A : This is the Civil Aviation forum. Military has its own. They may have done an "up to" but they did order 100+100 E190s No. In fact, almost all of the
48 Cincinnati747 : Ryanair ordered some 180 738's recently or a year or two ago
49 Post contains links Zeke : "Today’s announcement means that easyJet now has 104 aircraft on firm order with Airbus, with a list price of over $4 billion, and holds purchase ri
50 Hotje : --quote-- March 17, 1989 LEAD: The Dutch plane maker Fokker said American Airlines would order up to 149 Fokker 100 airliners worth $3.12 billion, mak
51 Hamlet69 : IIRC, you've gotten your answer. It's been a little convoluted, but in these respective terms: Number of Frames In 1996, U.S. Airways ordered 120 fir
52 Dalavia : I don't know the process of ordering airliners for Aeroflot during Soviet times, nor do I know how you would place a value on those orders. But given
53 AlexPorter : But not at the same time, so it doesn't count. The largest jet order in the history of Boeing/Douglas/McDonnell Douglas was the United order for 101
54 Zkpilot : The Air India order is large, but there are many that are larger... this QF order was for over 100 787 aircraft (albeit options included which will b
55 BoeingFever777 : Are we sure that the price did not include Pan American's U.S. routes to London? What they do not tell you is that the 777-200IGW (know as the 777-20
56 Post contains links BuyantUkhaa : Shared with this one: Easyjet, which now owns rival budget airline Go, said it had chosen Airbus as its preferred supplier for 120 A319 aircraft with
57 Post contains images Olympus69 : I thought I read somewhere that the AN-2 held the record for the largest number built for a single aircraft type, This seems improbable in view of th
58 Post contains images PC12Fan : " target=_blank>http://www.boeing.com/commercial/777....html I thought so! It's pretty damned rare that I forget anything when two 34's are put togeth
59 Post contains images Hamlet69 : Yes. You are looking at a current website about an order placed nearly 17! years ago. Of course the contract has been changed since then! As you poin
60 EI321 : I believe GPA (now GECAS) had some sort of agreement with boeing at some stage to aquire nearly 1000 aircraft over a certain timeframe. Im not sure if
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