Herculight S to replace United’s LD3 fleet

United Cargo will completely replace its current fleet of LD3 containers with the purchase of 8,500 new Herculight S containers designed by Zodiac Aerospace’s Rotable Equipment division.


Herculight S to replace United’s LD3 fleet


United Cargo will completely replace its current fleet of LD3 containers with the purchase of 8,500 new Herculight S containers designed by Zodiac Aerospace’s Rotable Equipment division.

Th e Herculight S features an entirely new design and weighs only 121 pounds – one of the lightest containers available.

United is the first airline to announce the purchase and use of this container and will begin replacing its current LD3s with Herculight S units later this year.

“We are proud to announce that United is our launching customer for the newly designed Herculight S container, which will set new industry standards.

Th ese innovative containers help reduce CO2 emissions, maintenance costs and fuel consumption,” said Marc Witteveen, CEO of Zodiac Aerospace’s Rotable Equipment division.

Despite its lighter weight, the innovative design of the Herculight S delivers improved durability and strength with the container’s reduced weight enabled United to increase the cargo payload on high-demand and weight restricted flights, according to Zodiac.

Th e Herculight S weighs 35.8kg less than the containers it will replace. Based on the number of LD3 movements on United, the switch to the Herculight S is expected to reduce the airline’s fuel consumption by two million gallons and its CO2 emissions by more than 19,400 tonnes per year when the transition is complete. United will work with local vendors to recycle the approximately 90.7kg of recyclable material in each retired LD3.