One day after admitting another delay for its flagship 787 Dreamliner, the company removed Mohammed Yahyavi as head of its 747-8 jumbo jet program in Everett, Wash., The Seattle Times reported Friday.
Airplane Programs Vice President Pat Shanahan will assume greater oversight of the 747 program, the company announced.
The 747-8 is a stretch version of Boeing's iconic 747 jumbo jet. A freighter version will be built first, followed by one for passengers seating 467 people to compete with Airbus's 525-seat A380.
Although scheduled for delivery this year, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Officer Jim Albaugh said delivery of the 747-8, like that of the Dreamliner, could slip into next year.
Last fall, Boeing unexpectedly announced the scheduled November first flight for the 747-8 would happen early this year instead, a year beyond its original schedule.
The delay pushed possible delivery into the fourth quarter of this year or possibly beyond, the Times said.