Lufthansa Technik, Panasonic form IDair partnership
Lufthansa Technik and Panasonic Avionics have formed a 50-50 joint venture in executive/VIP cabin electronics, and the new stand-alone company–IDair (Innovation Design for the Air)–is making its trade show debut at EBACE 2011 (Stand 167).
“It’s our big bang,” said IDair CEO Andrew Muirhead, IDair, of the EBACE introduction. “The independent company was founded in April and we are now open for business.”
According to Muirhead, IDair will be taking the crème de la crème–electronically speaking–from Lufthansa’s business jet products and Panasonic’s X series commercial in-flight entertainment system. The marriage will create a one-stop cabin management and in-flight entertainment shop for owners and operators of single-aisle and twin-aisle airliners converted to executive/VIP use. Components will include: digital distribution, high-definition media playback, iPod and iPhone controls, remote maintenance, high-speed connectivity, ipTV, media and game libraries “and much more.”
The backbone of the IDair system is a combination of the Panasonic eX2 with components from Lufthansa Technik’s networked, integrated cabin equipment system known as “nice.”
“We thought it was quite doable to marry VIP and commercial, and the result will provide scalable solutions from the Boeing Business Jet up through the Airbus A380,” explained Muirhead.
IDair will also provide highly customized cabin electronics solutions for the airline industry.