Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, IDAIR GmbH went operational in the middle of April 2011. The main aim of the joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG and Panasonic Avionics Corporation is to develop, manufacture and supply In-Flight Entertainment, Communications and Cabin Management Systems for VIP aircraft as well as custom products for commercial airlines.
Focusing on narrow body and wide body VIP aircraft, IDAIR merges the depth of knowledge and expertise of two industry leaders to develop and provide new, all encompassing solutions to VIP customers worldwide.
IDAIR is expanding the definition of airborne connectivity with its Global Communication Suite, which includes Mobile Telephony, Broadband Internet and TV. Neatly packed as an integrated system to make the aircraft not only an integrated office-in-the-sky, but also finally bringing a truly customized living room entertainment experience on-board to VIP customers.
Coupling the award-winning Lufthansa Technik nice® system and Panasonic Avionics’ X series together with its Global Communication Suite (eXphone, eXconnect and eXTV), IDAIR is introducing a system solution tailored to VIP customers.
Built on a proven and reliable network backbone, IDAIR offers a customizable Graphical User Interface, providing a new level of intuitiveness and ease of use. True AVOD functionality, High Definition Blu-ray Players and the ability to control the system via iPhone®/iPad® will generate an experience truly worthy of a VIP.
Andrew Muirhead, Chief Executive Officer of IDAIR said, “IDAIR will provide its customers with a one stop shop for cabin electronics innovation, with the ability to offer a wide spectrum of products and services including entertainment, communications, cabin management and media services.”
Craig Depner, Chief Technical Officer of IDAIR said, “we look forward to providing new comprehensive solutions to VIP customers, on a scale not previously seen in this market.”
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