Unit Load Devices (ULD)

March, 31, 2021 by

A new Infinite Flight teaser, one of many we’ve received this recently, shows a close up of the terminals at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (LFPG).

If you look closely, you’ll notice the shipping containers. “Cargo Container” is plastered on the side.

These are known as Unit Load Devices (ULD). More specifically the ones in the picture appear to be ULD containers, which are lightweight structures comprising a base, a frame with side and roof panels, and a fabric or solid door.

These ULDs serve four main purposes.

  • eliminate the need for manual loading and unloading
  • protect cargo contents so that goods arrived undamaged
  • maximise the use of the aircraft’s cargo space
  • allow the fast, easy transfer of cargo between planes

They are collapsible, some can be insulated, others ventilated or refrigerated. They can cary any type of cargo, from passenger suitcases and perishable goods to monkeys and boats.

That is one of many things you can notice in this remarkable picture. We won’t name everything we see, that would spoil the fun. Have a look for yourself. And this is a work-in progress as well so who knows what more could be added before release? Stay up to date on all the 21.1 news on the infiniteflight.com.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More