CSeries Backlog Stronger Than You Think

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There has been much discussion about the weakness of Bombardier's CSeries orderbook, but a look into Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database shows a backlog that is healthy compared to many other types throughout history. In fact, the CSeries currently has the fourth largest backlog for any commercial jetliner based on backlog numbers as of the date of each type's first flight.

The list below shows the number of firm orders each type had gathered as of the date of its first flight, which is noted in parenthesis. (Variants based on existing types such as the MD-80 and Embraer 190 are not included.) While times have changed and it may be unfair to compare today's types with those from the dawn of the jet age, it is an interesting comparison nonetheless.

832 - 787 (12/15/09)
616 - A350 (first flight due 2013)
265 - A320 (2/22/87)
192 - CSeries (first flight due 2013)
175 - 767 (9/26/81)
169 - 747 (2/9/69)
165 - MRJ (first flight due 2013)
163 - MS-21 (first flight due 2014)
161 - 707 (12/20/57)
144 - 777 (6/12/94)
143 - A330 (11/2/92)
140 - 737 (4/9/67)
139 - A380 (4/27/05)
139 - DC-8 (5/30/58)
136 - 757 (2/19/82)
135 - ARJ21 (11/28/08)
131 - 727 (2/9/63)
112 - ERJ 170 (2/19/02)
109 - DC-10 (8/29/70)
107 - A340 (10/25/91)
103 - DC-9 (2/25/65)
96 - L-1011 (11/16/70)
73 - SSJ (5/19/08)
58 - BAC-111 (8/20/63)
42 - CV880 (1/27/59)
35 - VC-10 (6/29/62)
23 - HS.121 (1/9/62)
18 - EMB-145 (8/11/95)
13 - A300 (10/28/72)
13 - CRJ (5/10/91)
11 - Do328JET (1/20/98)
11 - F28 (5/9/67)
10 - BAE146 (9/3/81)
9 - DH106 Comet (7/27/49)
0 - VFW614 (7/14/71)
0 - Mercure (5/28/71)
0 - Concorde (3/2/69)
0 - SE 210 Caravelle (5/27/55)

Source: Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database as of 4/22/13.


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