Established in April 2011, IDAIR is a joint venture of Lufthansa Technik AG and Panasonic Avionics Corp. The company specializes in the development, manufacture and sale of IFE and CMS for narrowbody and widebody VIP aircraft.

Based in Hamburg, Germany, the joint venture offers new systems based on a combination of existing technologies already found in Panasonic's X Series commercial IFE system, Panasonic's Global Communications Suite (eXconnect and eXphone) and a high-definition CMS/IFE system developed by Lufthansa Technik's Innovation business unit, which it has branded “nice.”

Targeted at VIP transport-type aircraft, IDAIR draws from its parents' expertise in digital distribution, high-definition media playback, iPod and iPhone controls, remote maintenance, high-speed connectivity, ipTV, media and game libraries, and many more. The system incorporates an animated graphical user interface (GUI) with an integrated scroll wheel and a touch screen. The nice UI also offers a remote for iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads. The application is available for download at the iTune Store.

In October, IDAIR revealed a set of “nice” additions, including readiness for streaming of Hollywood studio approved DRM-protected HD video to each seat location; animated graphics; 3-D moving maps; a hybrid touch-screen/scroll-wheel control system; fewer, smaller and lighter LRUs; increasing network bandwidth with Gigabit Ethernet to each seat; integration with consumer PEDs; and remote system access for product support.

Installations of the “nice” have been made on Bombardier's Challenger 300, 605, and Global XRS/5000; Boeing Business Jets; and Airbus Corporate Jets. More than 200 “nice” systems have been delivered to Bombardier.