July 13, 2013 1:20 PM
The chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines says his company is continuing to operate its fleet of Boeing 787 despite an investigation into a fire on one of its empty Dreamliners parked at London's Heathrow Airport. Tewolde Gebremariam told The Associated Press Saturday that there is "no flight safety issue" with the 787s and that Ethiopian Airlines, like other operators, has not made changes regarding the planes. Polish flag carrier LOT said it would continue to operate its four Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a Dreamliner operated by Ethiopian Airlines caught fire at Britain's Heathrow. The day before two separate incidents made news for the wrong reasons, Boeing's South Carolina 787 Dreamliner manufacturing plant got a large tax break when the North Charleston City Council voted to slash the current top rate used to calculate annual fees for businesses earning $250 million or more in half. The state's largest private employer, Boeing pays the city 0.1 percent on gross revenue from its local plant. The new rate applies to revenue that exceeds $7.5 billion a year. For revenue between $250 million and $7.5 billion, the rate was cut to 5 percent from 10 percent.