FlightBlogger: Boeing shakes-up 747-8 leadership

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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 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 18 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 747-8I 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.