Collins Aerospace has divested its commercial IFE activities to Australian cabin-equipment supplier DigEcor, which has rebranded itself Burrana as part of the expansion effort.

Burrana says the deal "originated with Rockwell Collins".

The US supplier was acquired by United Technologies in 2018 and subsequently merged with its United Technologies Aerospace Systems operation.

Without disclosing financial details of the IFE business's acquisition, Burrana says it was supported by US private equity firm JW Hill Capital.

Burrana chief executive David Withers asserts that the transaction positions the company as the "number-three player in the IFE market" and promises that it is "not stopping there”.

Through the acquisition, Burrana has become an "integrated end-to-end cabin technology provider", it says. It is taking on the equipment and content supply activities formerly carried out by Rockwell Collins.

The Brisbane-based company already provides cabin lighting and in-seat power solutions. The entire IFE business spans a fleet of more than 1,400 aircraft across 300 operators.

Burrana's name is "an indigenous Australian word, meaning 'to fly'," notes Withers.