Earlier this month, it was announced that – based on preliminary cargo numbers from 2020 – the Memphis International Airport would become the top cargo airport in the world, bypassing Hong Kong. Memphis is the headquarter city for FedEx Express and the main hub in its worldwide network. It has been reported [by Air Cargo World and Cargo Facts] that the Memphis airport handled 4.61 million metric tons of cargo in 2020, fueled primarily by the boom in e-commerce. But how do all those e-commerce packages move in and out of the Memphis airport? By airplane of course; but more specifically, by aircraft containers best known in the industry as Unit Load Devices (ULDs).
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