The order queue is a prediction and not confirmed orders. To my knowledge, there is no penalty (or very slight) to cancel an order. Hence airlines place the orders to secure a place in the queue. Anyway, I am a stock owner of Boeing and the stock has been doing great. It is one of the few stocks I have is truly "buy-and-hold". It may not be a good time to buy now as there may be a renewed recession or a market plunge.
the mergers of airlines, it is profitable to fly without stop-overs. It
will be a win for the airlines, the customers and the larger jets.