Airline Requirements

Do you require a Zinc Lined Coffin to repatriate Human Remains?

Most Airlines insist on Zinc Lined Coffins for repatriating Human Remains. The exception is British Midland when Repatriating Human Remains within the UK or to Ireland.

Do coffins need to be wrapped in hessian?

Airlines will insist on coffins being wrapped in hessian with sufficient protective packing such as bubble wrap. Alternatively a Flight Tray may be used.

Some airlines insist on Flight Trays.

How can I get a Flight Tray?

We keep a stock of 3 sizes of Flight Tray for Funeral Directors.

How long does it take to get flight confirmation for a repatriation?

The time an airline takes to confirm flight details for repatriation differs from airline to airline. If there are family members travelling on the same flight this may speed up the process. It is not always possible to get the Human Remains booked on the same flight as the passengers. In these cases it is better to get the confirmation for the repatriation before booking tickets.

How long before the flight should the deceased be delivered to the airline?

Most airlines insist on the deceased being delivered no later than 6 hours before the scheduled flight departure time.

For repatriations to Ireland Aer Lingus and British Midland usually accept Human Remains 4 hours before the flight.

Always check with the airline or your repatriation agent for individual cases.

What is the maximum weight an airline will accept for a Human Remains and coffin?

The maximum weight depends on the airline and the aircraft that is being used. Always check with your repatriation agent to make sure that the airline is using a large enough aircraft.

Can we send a Casket on any airline?

Caskets can only be sent on wide bodied aircraft. Please check the available aircraft ask your repatriation agent in each case.

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