IDAIR

IFEC and CMS systems for VIP customers

Established in April 2011, IDAIR is a joint venture of and Lufthansa Technik AG (50 percent ) and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (50 percent). The company specializes in the development, manufacture and sale of in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) and cabin management systems (CMS) for narrowbody and widebody VIP aircraft.

IDAIR is based in Hamburg, Germany, and started with a workforce of eight. The joint venture offers new systems based on a combination of existing technologies already utilized in Panasonic's X Series commercial IFE system, Panasonic's Global Communications Suite (eXconnect and eXphone) and the nice CMS/IFE system developed by Lufthansa Technik's Innovation business unit. The core business will primarily be targeted at narrowbody and widebody VIP aircraft and will benefit from all the combined advantages of the two parent companies, such as digital distribution, high definition media playback, iPod® and iPhone® controls, remote maintenance, high speed connectivity, ipTV, media and game libraries and many more.

With its new line of premium products, IDAIR aspires to offer exclusive products to customers around the world. Panasonic Avionics Corporation is recognized globally for its deep knowledge base and leadership in product innovation and customization, system reliability and customer care. In addition to customized solutions for international VIP customers such as BBJ (Boeing Business Jets), ACJ (Airbus Corporate Jetliner) and completion centers, the joint venture will also supply custom products to commercial aircraft (via Panasonic Avionics Corporation) and seat manufacturers.

Building on the synergy of two market leaders that between them boast an array of innovative in-flight entertainment products, the joint venture is unique to the aviation industry in terms of its profile and expertise. As the world's leading supplier of in-flight entertainment and communication systems, Panasonic Avionics Corporation has specialized in the development and implementation of state-of-the-art connectivity (IFEC) solutions for 30 years. Lufthansa Technik's Innovation business unit has a wealth of experience at meeting the requirements of demanding VIP customers who expect highly customized "one-of-a-kind" products based on the very latest technologies.

New product lines aimed at bringing the multitude of complex multimedia applications to life are already planned. Given the high demand for both intelligent in-flight entertainment and communications systems and cabin management systems for VIP aircraft, IDAIR intend to meet the future challenges.