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April 29, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Boeing outsources 787 labor to France, Japan

Will Boeing pay income tax?

It is great that Boeing got billions in tax breaks down in Carolina [“FAA, Boeing delegated much of the 787 testing,” page one, April 25]. The fact that it outsourced to France which then outsourced the battery work to Japan hasn’t affected their stock prices and caused its core operating profit to increase 5 percent. One can’t help but be pleased.

Best of all, I am thrilled that Boeing’s first-quarter profit jumped 20 percent. Does this mean that for the first time in a number of years it might pay some income tax?

Harriet Benjamin, Seattle

Boeing incident reminds us that government must take initiative

Getting the Boeing 787 back in the air is just a small bump in the road, just the beginning of a new interest in energy storage.

It is a reminder of the fact that progress requires upfront interest and assets. There is no free lunch, and there’s a need to have a government that looks for things to fix rather than waiting and paying for taking action after failures reach the stage of actually becoming a problem.

Hugh Coleman, Kelso

Comments | Topics: 787, airplane, aviation

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