Air freight container sizes guide

There are 21 different air freight container sizes used to ship over 188,000 million tons of air freight annually. As aircraft holds vary greatly in size and shape (small and thin to large and wide), air freight containers come in an interesting range of shapes.

Note the formal name for an air freight container is a unit load devices (ULD). Use the following list as an effective guide to the most common 21 air freight container sizes:

A and M series

LD series

*insulated

Pallet series

Most common air freight container sizes

Table of the most common air freight container sizes

We have included a summary of the most common air freight container sizes in a table with the most frequently asked attributes.

Do note that air freight container sizes with their exact dimensions and capacity will vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer.

If you have any questions regarding the specifics of air freight container sizes, please do not hesitate to send us a message or give us a call on 1300651233. We are happy to help.

Air freight container sizes guide for Australia

Description Volume (m3) Payload (kg) Tare (kg) Length (m) Width (m) Height (m)
LD9 Full size lower deck container 10.6 4898 200 3.18 2.24 1.63
LD8 Full width lower deck container 6.85 2282 168 3.15 1.53 1.63
LD3 half size lower deck container 4.13 1526 62 1.98 1.53 1.63
LD3 Lower deck container 3.68 1045 90 2.42 1.53 1.14
LD7-96 Lower deck pallet and net 11.7 5098 120 3.07 2.34 1.6
LD7-88 Lower deck pallet and net 10.76 4490 110 3.07 2.08 1.6
LD3-45 wing pallet and net 3.68 1061 74 2.42 1.53 1.14

Air freight container sizes and types

Sourced from IATA and ATA

The following are the different types of air freight container sizes based on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Air Transport Association of America (ATA) publications.

Air freight container sizes with their exact dimensions and capacity will vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer. However, this guide will provide an accurate set dimensions for these air freight container sizes (ULDs).

Air freight container sizes guide for Australia

LD-1
AKC contoured container

This container is for lower deck and has an internal volume 4.8 m3. It is known also as AVC, AVD, AVK and AVJ.

It is suitable for the following aircraft:

  • B747
  • B767
  • B777
  • MD-11

LD-1 (AKC Contoured Container) - Internal volume 4.8 m3

LD-2
DPE contoured container

It is known also as APA or DPA and has an internal volume of 3.4 m3.

It is suitable for B767.

LD-2 (DPE Contoured Container) - Internal volume 3.4 m3

LD-3
AKE contoured container

It is known also as AKE, AVA, AVB, AVC, AVK, DVA, DVE, DVP, XKS, XKG and has an internal volume of 4.3 m3.

It is suitable following aircraft:

  • A300
  • A310
  • A330
  • A340
  • B747
  • B767
  • B777
  • DC-10
  • MD-11
  • L1011

LD-3 (AKE Contoured Container) - Internal volume 4.3 m3

Insulated LD-3
RKN

This has an internal volume of 3.0 m3 and is suitable for the following aircraft:

  • A300
  • A310
  • A330
  • A340
  • B747
  • B767
  • B777
  • DC-10
  • MD-11
  • L1011

Insulated LD-3 (RKN) - Internal volume 3.0 m3

LD-4
ALP rectangular container

This has an internal volume of 5.7 m3. It is known also as:

  • ALD
  • AWD
  • AWZ
  • DLP

It is suitable for B767 and B777 aircraft.

LD-4 ALP Rectangular Container - internal volume 5.7 m3

LD-6
ALF contoured container

The LD-6 has an internal volume of 8.9 m3. It is known also as AWD and AWF.

It is suitable for the following aircraft:

  • A300
  • A310
  • A330
  • A340
  • B747
  • B777
  • DC-10
  • MD-11
  • L1011

LD-6 (ALF Contoured Container) - Internal volume 8.9 m3

LD-7
XAW P1P pallet (fixed angle wings & net)

The LD-7 has a maximum volume with overhang of 14.0 m3.

It is suitable for all wide body aircraft.

LD-7 (XAW P1P Pallet with Fixed Angle Wings and Net) - Max

LD-8
DQF

The LD-8 has an internal volume of 6.85 m3. It is also known as:

  • ALE
  • ALN
  • DLE
  • DLF
  • DQP
  • MQP

It is suitable for B767 aircraft.

LD-8 (DQF) - Internal volume 6.85 m3

LD-9
AAP enclosed pallet P1P base

The LD-9 has an internal volume of 9.1 m3. It is known also as AA2, XAG and XAV.

It is suitable for the following aircraft:

  • A300
  • A310
  • A340
  • B747
  • B767
  • DC-10
  • MD-11
  • L1011

LD-9 (AAP Enclosed Pallet on P1p Base) - Internal volume 9.1 m3

LD-11
ALP rectangular container

The LD-11 has an internal volume of 7.2 m3. It is known also as:

  • ALD,
  • AW2
  • AWB
  • AWD
  • AWZ
  • DLP
  • DWB
  • MWB

It is suitable for the following aircraft:

  • A300
  • A310
  • A340
  • B747
  • B777
  • DC-10
  • MD-11
  • L1011

LD-11 (ALP Rectangular Container) - Internal volume 7.2 m3

A-2
DAA

The A-2 container has an internal volume of 12.6 m3.

It is suitable for the following aircraft:

  • B747
  • B747F
  • DC8
  • DC10
  • A300
  • Faircraft

A-2 (DAA) - Internal volume 12.6 m3

88 inch pallet
P1P

The 88 inch pallet has a maximum volume of 11.9 m3.

It is suitable for the following aircraft:

  • B747
  • B767
  • B777
  • DC-10

88” Pallet (P1P) - Maximum volume 11.9 m3

96 inch pallet
P6P 10ft pallet with net

The 96 inch pallet has a maximum volume of 21.2 m3. It is known also as:

  • P6A
  • P6C
  • P6Q
  • PMA
  • PMC
  • PMP
  • PQP

It is suitable for the following aircraft:

  • A300
  • A310
  • A330
  • A340
  • B747
  • B767
  • B777
  • DC-10
  • MD-11
  • L1011

96” Pallet (P6P 10ft Pallet with Net) - Maximum volume 21.2 m3

Half pallet
PLA half pallet with net

The half pallet has a maximum volume of 7.2 m3. It is known also as:

  • PLB
  • FLA
  • P9A
  • P9B
  • P9P
  • P9R
  • P9S

It is suitable for the lower deck on B747 and B777 aircraft and main decks on B707F, B727F and B737F.

Half Pallet (PLA Half Pallet with Net) - Maximum volume 7.2 m3

16 foot pallet
PRA 16ft flat pallet with net

The 16 foot pallet has a maximum volume of 26.8 m3. It is known also as:

  • PMA
  • P4A
  • P4M
  • PZA

It is suitable for B747 and B747 Combi aircraft.

16ft Pallet (PRA 16ft Flat Pallet with Net) - Maximum volume 26.8 m3

20 foot pallet
PGA 20ft flat pallet with net

The 20 foot pallet has a maximum volume of 33.2 m3. It is known also as:

  • PGA
  • PGE
  • PGF
  • PSA
  • PSG
  • P7A
  • P7E
  • P7F
  • P7G

It is suitable for B747 and B747 Combi aircraft.

 20ft Pallet (PGA 20ft Flat Pallet with Net) - Maximum volume 33.2 m3

AQ6
AMA rectangular container

The AQ6 has a maximum volume of 7.2 m3. It is known also as:

  • AMF
  • AMG
  • AMK
  • AMP

It is suitable for B747F and B747 Combi aircraft.

AQ6 (AMA Rectangular Container) - Maximum volume 7.2 m3

AQ7
AMD contoured container on P6P base

The AQ7 has an internal volume of 19.9 m3. It is known also as AQA or AQ7.

It is suitable for B747F and B747 Combi aircraft.

AQ7 (AMD Contoured Container on P6P Base) - Internal volume 19.9 m3

M-6
AGA 20ft box container

The M-6 has an internal volume of 33.0 m3. It is known also as ASE.

It is suitable for B747F and B747 Combi aircraft.

M-6 (AGA 20ft Box Container) - Internal volume 33.0 m3

LD-26
AAF

It is suitable for B747, B777 and DC-10 aircraft.

LD-26 (AAF)

LD-29
AAU contoured container on P1P base

The LD-29 has an internal volume of 14.2 m3.

It is suitable for B747F aircraft.

LD-29 (AAU Contoured Container on P1P Base) - Internal volume 14.2 m3