Pratt and Whitney Proposes Engine Cooperation with Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Pratt and Whitney is offering to help Taiwan develop and produce engines for jetliners with 70 to 100 seats, the government said Thursday.
Karl Krapek, president of the Connecticut based engine maker, made the offer to Premier Lien Chan on Wednesday, said Jack Tang, deputy director of the Committee for Aviation and Space Industry Development.
Krapek, who arrived in Taiwan Tuesday, said his company is negotiating with China Airlines, the island nation’s flag carrier, on plans to establish an engine maintenance center in Taiwan.
Taiwan has been seeking international partners to help develop its fledgling aerospace industry, which earned $450 million last year and is expected to earn $6 billion a year by 2000.
It has formed a joint venture with Texas-based Swearingen Aircraft Inc. to produce SJ-30 business jets, but has not struck any deals with other international manufacturers to produce regional jets.
Pratt, a subsidiary of Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corp., is a major engine supplier for Taiwan’s military and civilian aircraft.