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Packaging modes for air transport

Air cargo is loaded in airplanes in specific containers that optimise the payload/deadload
capacity of aircrafts in order to reduce costs and handling time.
There are two types of containers: palletisation and containerisation.


Palletisation:

 

Dimensions

Payload

Loading volume

Compatibility

PAG 
88 Inch Palett 

Length 317.5 cm x Width 223.5 cm

4,600 kg

between 10.5 and 18.9 m depending on the types

B747F, B747, A340, A330, B777

PMC/M5 :
96 Inch Palett 

Length 317.5 cm x Width 244 cm

6,800 kg

between 11.5 and 20.8 m3 depending on the types

B747F, B747, A340, A330, B777

PGA/PGF (M2) 

Length 606 cm x Width 244 cm

13,600 kg

between 32 and 38.7 m3 depending on the types

B747F

PZA/PRA

Length 498 cm x Width 244 cm

7,400 kg

between 26 and 31.8 m3 depending on the types

B747F

PLB (LD5/LD11)

Length 317.5 cm x Width 153.4 cm

3,175 kg

6.8 m3

A340 et A330

 PKC

Length 156 cm x Width 153.4 cm

1,135 kg

3,5 m3

A320/A321

The payload is the maximum mass that the ULD (Unit Load Device) (loading unit) can withstand.
The loading volume is the maximum usable volume while loading a pallet at its maximum height of use.


Containers:

 

Dimensions

Payload

Loading volume

Compatibility

AKE Container (LD3) 

Base: 145 x 147 cm
Height: 160 cm
Pinnacle: 145 cm x 192 cm
Height of the cutaway: 104 cm

1,587 kg

4,3 m3

With most wide-body aircraft

AKC container (LD1)

Length 220 cm x Width 140 cm x  H.155 cm

1,400 kg

5 m3

Only for holds of wide-body aircraft

AKH Container

Length 156 cm x Width 153.4 cm x H.114 cm

1,135 kg

3,5 m3

Containerisation of cargo in the holds of short-range aircraft of the A320 type

AKN container

Length 156 cm x Width 153.4 cm x H. 114 cm

1,587 kg

3,9 m3

Compatible model for A340, A330 and B747

AMA Container (M1)

Length 317.5 cm x Width 244 cm x Height 244cm

6,800 kg

15,7 m3

Can be loaded only on the upper deck of B747

AAP/AA2 container (LD9)

Length 317.5 cm x Width 223.5 cm x H.162.5 cm

4,625 kg

9,8 m3

B747F, B747, A340, A330 et B777

DPE/DPN container (LD2)

Length 317.5 cm x Width 244 cm x H.162.5 cm

1,120 kg

3,5 m3

B767 and B777

AAU Container (LD29)

Length 305 cm low/465 cm x Width 215 cm x H. 150 cm

5,700 kg

14 m3

Only B 747


Specialised ULDs:


TMT is also able to manage specific transport:
- Dedicated to the transportation of food products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals
            • Isothermal containers
            • Reefer containers
            • Stabilisers
- Dedicated to the transportation of live stock