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Freight Basics - Airline Unit Specifications

Posted on 6 October 2015

Cross Section of an airbus

An airline unit or unit load device (ULD) is a pallet or a container which is used to hold loose freight to be shipped via airfreight. 

Airline units are used to protect your goods in transit and to speed transitions through customs and airports.

ULD come in two different forms:

  • Pallets – These are large flat base of aluminium with rims designed to lock onto cargo net lugs
  • Containers – Also known as cans or pods, are closed units that can either be fully made out of aluminium or made out of a combination of aluminium, polycarbonate sheets and cargo nets. These are designed so that they fit perfectly in the circular cargo hold of the plane 

The following guide shows you the different types of airline units. Our loaders will choose the most appropriate unit for your freight so that you don’t have to. 

Airline units availability is dependent on the airline and the destination.

Please contact your local Air & Ocean Branch for advice specific to your shipment. 

  Unit Type Internal Volume

Internal Dimensions

(L x W x H)

Door Clearnace Max Gross Weight Tare Weight
Airline Unit LD-3-45

AKH / LD3-45

3.6m³ 146 x 149 x 113cm   1135kgs 88kgs
Airline Unit LD-3

AKE / LD-3

4.3m³ 140 x 147 x 152cm 148 x 152cm 1587kgs 85kgs
Airline Unit LD-8

DQF/ LD-8

7.2m³ 140 x 433 x 152cm 235 x 152cm 2499kgs 132kgs
Airline Unit LD-6

ALF / LD-6

9m³ 140 x 310x 152cm 293 x 147cm 3175kgs 159kgs
Airline Unit LD-26 AAF / LD-26 13m³ 208 x 302 x 152cm 293 x 147cm 4626kgs 159kgs
Airline Unit LD-29 AAU / LD-29 14.5m³ 208 x 302 x 152cm 293 x 147cm 4626kgs 159kgs
PAG Pallet PAG Pallet 11.1m³ 207 x 301 x 158cm   4626kgs 120kgs
PMC Pallet PMC Pallet 12.1m³ 228 x 301 x 158cm   5035kgs 120kgs

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