Air Freight Containers
Shipping Dangerous Goods by Air
Menkor Aviation teams are regularly trained in the regulations and procedures for the transport of hazardous materials by air. We charter an adapted and compliant cargo plane for the transport of these particular goods.
Shipping dangerous goods by air is a huge part of the air cargo industry. Because of their physical or chemical properties, these products pose a threat to the health and safety of humans and animals, but also to the environment, infrastructure and means of transport. Each hazardous material must be the subject of care, handling and special procedures dictated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in the regulations for the transport of dangerous goods (TDG).
Dangerous goods shipments require specialized skills and in-depth knowledge of the law. Trust our experts for the fast, secure and economical transport of your hazardous products by chartering a suitable and compliant cargo aircraft
Dangerous goods can be pure chemicals, mixtures of substances or manufactured products. The UN divides these subjects into 9 classes.
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Class 1 : Explosives
Explosives have molecules that can quickly change state, producing a sudden and violent physical effect. They are classified into several subdivisions: mass explosion hazard, projection hazard only, fire hazard, minimal hazard, blasting agents and very insensitive detonating items. They require special precautions for their air transport.
Class 2 : Gases
The gases are generally pressurized in order to reduce their volume for their transport by air. The United Nations divides them into three categories: flammable gases, non-flammable and toxic and non-toxic gases. Air transport of gas requires suitable containers and cargo aircraft.
Class 3 : Flammable Liquids
Flammable liquids can be natural like petroleum (gasoline, kerosene) or industrially made like alcohols. The UN subdivides flammable liquids into three categories based on their flash point.
Class 4 : Flammable Solids
This class is divided into three sub-divisions: flammable solids (example: wet trinitrotoluene or TNT), materials with a risk of spontaneous ignition (example: pyrophoric materials) and materials which react dangerously with humidity or the water.
Class 5 : Oxydizing Substances
This class is divided into two sub-divisions which both pose a risk of fire or explosion: oxidizing agents and organic peroxides.
Class 6 : Toxic and Infectious Substances
This class is divided into two sub-divisions: Toxic substances which cause a health hazard by inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption. And infectious substances which present the risk of causing serious disease in humans or animals.
Class 7 : Radioactive Materials
Radioactive materials are materials which contain unstable atoms which change their structure spontaneously in a random manner and which pose significant risks to human health.
Class 8 : Corrosives
Corrosives are highly reactive materials that cause chemical changes in the materials with which they are in contact. These materials can be very dangerous for humans health.
Class 9 : Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods
These goods present a risk during air transport that is not listed in all other classes