ULD

All air carriers using cargo containers called ULDs that are used to group the goods and ensure the safety on board.

A unit load, or ULD, is a pallet or container used to load luggage, freight and mail on aircraft with great body and specific narrow-body aircraft. It allows a large amount of goods to be grouped into a single unit. 

Since this leads to a lower number of units of load, this system allows the ground to save time and effort to load cargo on aircraft and helps prevent delayed flights.

CONTAINER

Volume indicated is internal volume.

Type

Volume

Linear dimensions
(base width/overall width × depth × height)

Remarks

LD1

4.90 m3 
(173 cu ft)

156/234 × 153 × 163 cm
(61.5/92 × 60.4 × 64 in)

contoured, half width

LD2

3.40 m3 
(120 cu ft)

119/156 × 153 × 163 cm
(47/61.5 × 60.4 × 64 in)

contoured, half width

LD3

4.33 m3 
(153 cu ft)

164/201 × 153 × 163 cm
(64.5/79 × 60.4 × 64 in)

contoured, half width

LD6

8.95 m3 
(316 cu ft)

318/407 × 153 × 163 cm
(125/160 × 60.4 × 64 in)

contoured, full width, equivalent to 2 LD3s

LD8

6.88 m3 
(243 cu ft)

244/318 × 153 × 163 cm
(96/125 × 60.4 × 64 in)

contoured, full width, equivalent to 2 LD2s; DQF-prefix

LD11

7.16 m3 
(253 cu ft)

1318 × 153 × 163 cm
(25 × 60 × 64 in)

same as LD-6 but without contours; rectangular


PALLET

Type

Volume

Linear dimensions

Remarks

LD8

6.88 m3 
(243 cu ft)

153 × 244 cm
(60 × 96 in)

same floor dimensions as container variant; FQA-prefix

LD11

7.16 m3 
(253 cu ft)

153 × 318 cm
(60 × 125 in)

same floor dimensions as container variant; FLA- and PLA-prefixes

LD7
(2 pallet variants)

10.8 m3
(381 cu ft)
11.8 m
3
(417 cu ft)

224 × 318 cm
(88 × 125 in)
244 × 318 cm
(96 × 125 in)