2008 Boeing Orders: Not bad

Boeing reported its 2008 orders on January 8 and the headlines screamed that they were less than half 2007’s record number.

Well, no kidding. Nobody, including Boeing, aerospace analysts and pontificators such as ourselves, expected that Boeing would come anywhere near 2007’s level.

The 668 orders–while falling short of Airbus’ total that should be announced next week–is still nothing to sneeze at. In fact, it’s pretty darn good.

If you go back to 1988, 21 years, 2008 ranks as Boeing’s seventh best year for orders. If you go back to 1998, 11 years, 2008 ranks fourth.

Boeing’s orders were depressed by the fall-off in the 787’s recent years because of the delays and the fact that no delivery position is available until 2017 to 2020.

We think Boeing had a pretty good year nonetheless. See the statistical table after the jump.

1 2007 1422
2 2006 1054
3 2005 1022
4 1988 877
5 1989 716
6 1996 708
7 2008 668
8 1998 607
9 2000 589
10 1997 543
11 1990 533
12 1995 441
13 1999 355
14 2001 314
15 2004 276
16 1991 273
17 2002 251
18 2003 249
19 1993 236
20 1992 226
21 1994 125

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