Exclusive: Boeing shakes up 747-8 program leadership (Update1)

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Boeing has shaken up the leadership of the 747 program with the reassignment of its top executive.

Mohammad “Mo” Yahyavi will assume the leadership of the 747 program, departing his vice president position on the Commercial Airplanes 737 P-8A Poseidon team.

Yohyavi replaces Ross Bogue (pictured) who has served as head of the 747 program as VP and general manager since September 2007.

Bogue also served as Vice President and general manager of Boeing’s Everett Site, and has been reassigned as Vice President for the Fabrication Division, a position which he previously held until he was promoted to site leader in February 2006.

This change in the 747 program represents a second shake-up of program leadership in eighteen months. Dan Mooney previously served as head of the 747 program until Bogue assumed the position.

Boeing announced a delay to the 747-8 program of six to nine months in November of 2008, citing scarce engineering resources and a supply chain unable to accommodate the volume of engineering changes required to meet design release deadlines.

Boeing has earned 78 orders from nine customers for the freighter version and 28 orders for the passenger variant of the aircraft. Lufthansa currently stands as the only passenger airline to select the 747-8I, with an order for 20 of the type.

The limited orders for the -8I variant have sparked questions about the commercial viability of the 747-8I aircraft with only one airline customer, though internally Boeing continues to actively pursue its development. Flight International previously reported that Boeing has studied various options for the program, including terminating the 747-8I and running the 747-8F as a standalone program.

Delivery of the first 747-8F to Luxemberg-based Cargolux is expected to take place in the middle of 2010 following a flight test and certification program beginning late in the 3rd quarter of 2009.

UPDATE 2:40 PM 2/25: Yohyavi will be replaced by John Pricco as head of the P-8A program. Also, Bogue replaces Pat McKenna who will be leading a team to find and implement opportunities to improve theefficiency of the 787 supply chain.

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Photo of Ross Bogue courtesy of Boeing

8 Responses to Exclusive: Boeing shakes up 747-8 program leadership (Update1)

  1. NYC777 February 25, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    Interesting question…with the 747-8F first flight in the 3rd quarter of this year, I wonder which airplane will make the first flight of the GEnx engine? The 747-8F or 787-8 (LN 5)?

  2. iceman February 26, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    Bout time they got a manager that knows something about airplanes. Mo is a good guy.

  3. Onemancrew February 26, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    I don’t care how great a guy Mo is.

    Take a guy that is program manager on a commerical, of the shelf military derivative of Boeing’s smallest and least complex airframe, one that has yet to even complete testing, and has so far rolled out one unit, and put him in charge of Boeing’s largest airframe, with both pax and freigter versions that is essentially, a new aircraft, and already deeply behind schedual.

    Yeah, that’s gonna work.

    It’s not a reflection on Mo either way that this move was made, but it IS a reflection on how thin Boeing is on exective/managerial talent these days.

  4. iceman February 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    I agree about the lack of management talent, but there is more to it than that. Quite often the lowerlevel folks make a bad manager look good. There is something missing there also.

  5. airplanejim February 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    I must be missing something but I don’t see a lack of management talent being displayed by the appointment of Mo. The P-8A Poseidon is a very complex platform with new and untested components and big electrical integration hurdles that they have passed. As a program manager Mo has proved his ability to pull complex programs together. While the -8 is new in part, it has established learning (this isn’t a T1 aircraft) and already proven electronics of a less complex nature. I see this to be a natural progression of management.

  6. iceman February 26, 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    Oneman may have been referring to the 737 AEW for the Aussies. Different program than the P-8. I still like Mo.

  7. Phil Flyer February 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    The project really seems to be a lost cause quite why Boeing clings to it is a mystery, I imagine in the hope of more passenger orders.

    In no way will it be revenue generator & with potential for freighter cancellations & Lufthansa rethinking it’s passenger strategy Boeing must write the programe off.

    Giving Boeing due credit, they have peddled the aircraft hard within the market with almost unanimous rejection, that in its self speaks volumes. Seen in many ways to have been an option to the 747-4 and a lighter option to the A380 sadly it’s been a costly error of judgement.

    I fear history will place it alongside the Spruce Goose.

  8. D R Lunsford May 2, 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    There is just something fundamentally wrong in corporate America. We are going to lose to Airbus and that’s a damn shame. Instead of these management drones, perhaps American corporations should rethink outsourcing and letting American talent go to waste across the board. Soon we will have the world’s best landscapers and janitors and that’s about it.

    -drl