he just happened to order when an other airline cancelled? - I find this hard to believe - in fact I don't believe it
Believe it or not, this is the only logical explanation and perfectly in line with the game mechanics. When another airline cancels or bankrupts, their orders will be greyed out in the production line, and after a set time become available for new orders again.
If an airline orders then, they will get these slots and fill them up.
So yes, he was lucky to get them, you were not lucky enough. Right time, right place.