Storing and relocating empty ULDs has long been a critical issue for the air cargo industry. The worldwide uld imbalance costs enormous sums of money and causes no end of inconvenience. It also undermines efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.
Our solution to this concern? To create certified air cargo containers that can be folded and stacked when empty. Now you don’t need to leave your ULDs halfway around the world because a return flight is too expensive. And you can take one step closer to zero-carbon flying.
Reduce the size of your containers, not their capacity. Our collapsible and inflatable ULDs carry the same volume of cargo as standard containers, and they meet exactly the same air-worthiness requirements. However, when collapsed, they can be stacked in the hold, leaving substantially more floor space for your full ULDs and making a significant contribution to your sustainability goals.
Having the right container in the right place at the right time is essential for operational efficiency. It’s not just about cost. It’s also about not letting your customers down. Our collapsible containers are easy and cost-effective to relocate when empty because they’re stackable.
Environmental regulations and changing public attitudes are putting considerable pressure on the air cargo industry to reduce its carbon footprint. Using ULDs that maximise volume when full and minimise dimensions when empty supports your environmental initiatives.
Finding sufficient storage space in various locations around the world is a constant frustration for ULD fleet managers, particularly when containers are empty. But with a collapsible and stackable container there’s a way to dramatically reduce the amount of valuable space your containers take up when they’re not being used.
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A collapsible container is a Unit Load Device that can be reduced substantially in height when empty. All four panels fold inward to create a flat structure approximately 10 inches high. Once collapsed, these containers can be stacked several units high for storage or repositioning.
It is quick and safe to collapse one of these innovative containers. Simply release the stud fittings and locks, then fold down the panels, making sure the cover and straps are tucked in neatly. Watch this instruction video to see how easy it is.
Yes, all our collapsible containers comply fully with civil aviation regulations. They are completely airworthy, and they can be restrained directly by the Cargo Loading System of any compatible aircraft.
You don’t need any special tools to operate our collapsible containers. It takes just two people and a couple of minutes. However, the panels must be folded and unfolded in the right sequence. Therefore, each container displays an instruction sticker and a QR code, which links to a demonstration video.
Collapsible containers can be used to transport cargo in the usual way, but they can also be folded and stacked when you need to store or reposition them. This feature maximises your ULD storage capacity and lets you relocate empty ULDs more efficiently and cost-effectively, which in turn helps rebalance ULD stocks around the world.
Our collapsible containers decrease the environmental impact of returning empty ULDs by air or sea. You can return up to six stacked containers on a plane for the same amount of CO2 it takes to return one standard container. If you use a 40ft shipping container to return your containers, that number goes up to eight.
Yes, collapsible containers can carry the same amount of cargo as standard containers.
Right now we offer the AAY, the AAX and three horse stalls in a collapsible version. If you are interested in any other ULD types, please let us know.
No specific skills are required to handle our collapsible containers. They are easy and safe to fold down and put back up. But we do advise handlers to first watch the instruction video, which can also be accessed by scanning the QR code on the container.
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