New Management at IDAIR in 2022

New Management at IDAIR in 2022

New Management at IDAIR in 2022

Hamburg IDAIR’s advisory board nominates Luigi Celmi to be its new chief executive officer, starting Jan. 1, 2022. In addition, Christiane Grude, senior director of Original Equipment Innovation at Lufthansa Technik AG, has joined the IDAIR advisory board as of July 1, 2021. After six years of successfully restructuring IDAIR’s business and leading it to a new era as a market leader in the IFEC segment for VVIP aircraft, Dr. Wassef Ayadi has been appointed senior director of Customer Relations and Sales Support Services for the business segment of Original Equipment & Special Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik AG and will remain in an advisory role for IDAIR.

Celmi, of Italian origin, has lived in various countries such as the U.S.A., France, Singapore, India, and now Germany. He has worked in the aviation industry for almost 20 years and holds a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Polytechnic of Naples (Italy). Before joining IDAIR he was the CEO of Lufthansa Technik Services India as well as the managing director of ATR (an Airbus JV) in Singapore.

“Luigi is a great personality, a strong business leader, and I am convinced that, with his customer-focused mind and his vast industry experience, he is the perfect fit to continue IDAIR’S success story. As CEO he will be committed to position IDAIR in the VVIP market as an innovator of CMS and IFEC solutions and provider of customized software solutions. Moreover, he will build on IDAIR’s strong, reliable existing and new partnerships, as well as explore potential business opportunities and new markets,” says Grude.

“To move to Hamburg to join IDAIR is a great step and opportunity. I’m looking forward to lead IDAIR and to further develop the newly set paths in the challenge of customizing the next generation of ever-evolving entertainment and communications systems. With our international team of VIP aviation experts, software engineers and program managers, we want to offer our customers an exceptional IFEC experience — just like a smart home and office in the sky — to the VVIP market and beyond, while expanding IDAIR’s overall competence,” says Celmi.

Established in April 2011, IDAIR is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. A success story from a start-up and joint venture to now being an independent company in IFE, CMS and connectivity solutions, the company continues to grow, based on its progressive and start-up-like spirit. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, IDAIR has a team of experts spread across the world in the U.S.A. (Louisiana and California), in Dubai and in India. IDAIR develops, manufactures and supplies CMS and IFEC systems for VIP aircraft, as well as custom software services for aircraft applications.

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