Boeing said late last week that it has removed Mohammad "Mo"
Yahyavi as the top executive of its delayed 747-8 program. The
announcement came just one day following Boeing's announcement that
the first delivery of the 787 would be pushed into at least
February of 2011.
Management has taken much of the blame for the delays in both
The Seattle Times reports that Boeing shifte Yahyavi to a
'special assignment', with no indication what his new duties would
be. Program vice president Pat Shanahan announced the move to those
in the program in an e-mail Friday afternoon. Shanahan will assume
greater control over the overall program, the e-mail said.
The 747-8 program delays may cause delivery of the first of the
new freighters to slip into next year, much like the Dreamliner.
Shanahan said last July that there had been come design issues that
required "enhancement to the flight controls," which led to
additional testing. No specific problem was ever identified to the
Flight testing on the stretch 747, which as a passenger aircraft
will carry 476 people, did not start until February of 2010, though
Yahyavi had told Boeing's board there would be three test aircraft
flying by the end of 2009.
The 747-8 frieghter recently successfully completed a flight
that tipped the scales at more than a million pounds at