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Unit Load Devices (ULD)

Improving ULD management

An Unit Load Device (ULD) is a pallet or container used to load freight for its air transportation. Every year, the total cost of both repair and loss of ULDs is estimated about $300 million, excluding flight delays and cancelations due to their unavailability.

With the increasing number of wide-bodied aircraft now in operation, ULD management is a key element of high efficiency in air transport. Making sure the right ULD is available in the right place at the right time in the right conditions is critical for airline operations and revenue management.

The IATA ULD Panel (ULDP) develops and maintains standards and procedures concerning the specifications, handling, restraint and maintenance of ULDs and promotes the worldwide recognition and adoption of those standards. 

IATA ULD Regulations

The new ULD Regulations (ULDR) covers both technical and operational standards and regulatory requirements as well as the carrier's requirements applicable to overall ULD operations.

  • Minimum standard specifications for designing and manufacturing ULDs that conform to IATA, ISO, SAE, and other national and international standards
  • Essential and detailed guidelines for all aspects of ULD operations
  • Training requirements and standards
  • Supporting material for airlines creating operations manuals containing ULD related content for use by their own or outside staff

Get a copy of the ULD Regulations now!

2nd ULD Regulatory Forum & 38th ULD Panel Meeting

A new edition of the ULD Regulatory Forum will be held on 21-22 October 2014 at the IATA Montreal Headquarters (Canada).

The event will focus on the expected publication of the revised FAA AC 120-85 in December 2014, covering how to facilitate the increased harmonization between regulatory requirements and industry safety standards. The Forum will also provide an excellent opportunity for all stakeholders to:

  • Clarify the regulatory framework around ULDs including ICAO and national CAA requirements
  • Understand the unique challenges resulting from the complexity of today’s ULD operations
  • Get across the responsibilities of all parties involved
  • Recognize the IATA ULD Regulations as one means of compliance and agree on an industry action plan for implementation

Participants of the Regulatory Forum will also have the chance to attend as observers the 38th IATA ULD Panel Meeting on 22-23 October 2014.

Online registration is now closed


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