Oh my lord, look at all the "spying" comments flying from the North Americans HAHA
C'mon people. THis is COMMON BUSINESS PRACTICE. Competitors ROUTINELY use each other for such things as research and development, etc.
I work for a large courier company here, and the general public has *NO* idea that on our aircraft, during the day, when our planes are idle, we routinely fly *TONS* of freight on OUR planes for ALL
of our competitors.
Business is business. If it'll cost Boeing less to do wind tunnel tests in Europe, they'll do it there. (Hence Boeing sub-contracting parts of the 7E7 to Asian countries).
Forget the spying crap. Gosh, thats right up there with the whole subsidy conversation on here the other day. ALL
major manufacturers are subisidized by their respective governments, BOEING included. IF
you honestly think they aren't, you have no idea how the world really works.
The paranoid nature of a LOT of users on this site is just almost laughable!