Press Release: New management at IDAIR in 2022

Press Release

17 November 2021 – Hamburg IDAIR’s Advisory Board has nominated Luigi Celmi to be the new Chief Executive Officer starting January 1st, 2022. In addition, Christiane Grude, Senior Director Original Equipment Innovation at Lufthansa Technik AG, has joined the IDAIR Advisory Board as of July 1st, 2021.

After six years of successful restructuring of IDAIR’s business and leading it to a new era to become the market-leader in the IFEC segment for VVIP aircraft Dr Wassef Ayadi has been appointed as Senior Director Customer Relations and Sales Support Services for the business segment Original Equipment & Special Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik AG and will remain in an advisory role for IDAIR.

Luigi Celmi, of Italian origin, has lived in various countries such as USA, France, Singapore, India and now in 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 and prior he had been 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 Christiane 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 Luigi Celmi.

Established in April 2011, IDAIR is celebrating its 10 years anniversary this year. A remarkable success story from a start-up and joint venture to being now an independent and well-established leading company in IFE, CMS and Connectivity solutions that continuously grows based on its progressive and start-up-like spirit. IDAIR is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany and has a team of experts spread across the world in USA (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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