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An air freight container, also known as an air conditioned shipping containers, an air cargo container, an air freight can, or an air freight pod, is a component that is helps load and unload the cargo, luggage, or mail on the air plane for the purpose of air freight from one place to another.
For the freight that is required to be transported through the airplane, the security of the items of the freight and the passengers is very important. Since if those items are not secured appropriately during the flight, they may be damaged, and therefore would not meet the customers need when they receive the products. In this situation, the cost that the airline should spent on loss of the manufacturers and the effort and time for delivering the products again would be significant.
In addition, when there are also passengers on the airplane during the flight, the insecure freight may cause the weights that are given to the airplane to be uneven. This would make the airplane unstable during the flight, and thus threatens the safety of the passengers at the same time.
Therefore, to avoid the above dangers from being possible to happen, the airline would adopt the air freight container to store the freight and secure them inside the container, in order to protect the fright from damaging and ensure the safety of the passengers as well.
An air freight container, also known as a can or a pod, is comprised of a base, a frame with side and roof panels, and a fabric or solid door, and these parts are made of aluminum or the combination of aluminum, polycarbonate sheets and cargo nets. Since the main structure of the containers is comprised of aluminum, it can make sure the container to be sturdy with reduced weight compared to other types of materials.
The sizes of the containers can be either small, which are able to be fitted into narrow-body aircraft with several pieces, or large, which is enough for carrying large volume of freight. For some models of the containers, they may be equipped with cargo nets, which can be used to strengthen the security of the freight.
In addition, in order to accommodate to the sizes of the airplane and the conditions of the products, these containers may come in different forms. Some are collapsible that allows for the storage of the containers when they are not in use, and others may be insulated, ventilated, or refrigerated depending on the freight they are dealing with.
The air freight container is one form of the unit load device (ULD), which refers to the device that carries the loads of freight on the airplane, and there is another form of this device, which is the pallet.
The pallet consists of an aluminum base and a net, which allows the freight to be loaded on the aluminum base and secured by the net that is wrapped around the freight. On the edges of the base, there are rims that are designed to lock onto cargo net lugs.
Both the pallet and the container are available for being applied to carry the freight on the airplane, while some factors such as the structure, the space, the size, the compatibility with the freight, or the additional functions may influence the choice of one rather than the other.
● Makes the loading and unloading of freight more convenient
The main purpose of adopting an air freight container is to carry the freight on the airplane and deliver it from one place to another.
When it is necessary to unload the freight from the airplane, the container is able to avoid the requirement for the staff to carry one item at a time, as it requires the transferring of one container that all of the items can be unloaded together.
● Protects the freight against different conditions
With the additional features of the container, including the collapsible, insulated, ventilated, or refrigerated, it can protect the freight against different conditions that may influence the quality of the freight such as temperatures or humidity.
● Prevents the damaging of freight
Using a container to store the freight on the airplane can also make all the items stay stationary during the fright, which reduce the possibility of the damaging of the freight. This result in the decreasing of the costs on time and money, as there is no need for the airline to compensate for the loss of the damaging products, and to make another flight in order to deliver the new items again.
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