\yr\10\doc\web\index\boeing.htm @@Culture http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2013042468_boeing01.html Boeing's jumbo-jet delays worry outside engineering experts Seattle Times Sept 30, 2010 Boeing on Thursday postponed initial delivery of the 747-8 by six months, as observers said the company's culture and outsourcing may have exacerbated the plane's aerodynamic and mechanical gremlins. By Dominic Gates Seattle Times aerospace reporter Beset by aerodynamic and mechanical gremlins, Boeing on Thursday pushed out initial delivery of the 747-8, the new, larger version of its jumbo jet, by six months into the middle of 2011. ... 787 Dreamliner and the Italian Air Force tanker are way behind schedule, too — worry outside engineering experts. "Boeing just hasn't been performing up to par, if you define par as how Boeing used to perform up through the 777," said Hans Weber, president of San Diego-based technical-aviation consultancy Tecop International ...Sorscher said he has been hearing complaints from engineers for several years about a lack of communication within the airplane-development programs and a growing reluctance to bring bad news to the attention of managers who don't want to hear it. ... Boeing moved much of the early design work on the 747-8 from the Puget Sound area. "It's a different model than we had 20 years ago, when we'd hire all the people and put them in a building in Seattle," Jeff Peace, then vice president for the 747-8 program, said in a teleconference in July 2006. "We're recognizing and utilizing the world's capability in engineering." In Moscow, Boeing hired around 1,000 engineers who worked much more cheaply than those here. In 2003, Sergei Kravchenko, president of Boeing Russia, in an e-mail subsequently obtained by The Seattle Times, had promised Boeing's leadership total labor rates "approximately 1/3 to 1/5 of the U.S. cost while meeting Boeing standards for quality and schedule."