Is the Airline Style L-Track Stronger than Standard L-Tracks?

What is the Airline Style L-Track, and what is the difference between Airline Style L-Track and Standard L-Track?

We often get asked if the Airline Style L-Track is stronger than the rest of our L-Tracks. Because of its 6351 aluminum compared to the standard’s 6061-T6 aluminum, it can be easy to say that the Airline-style is stronger than other L-Tracks. This isn’t necessarily the case.

Continue to read what Airline Style L-Track is, the difference between Airline and Standard, and how Airline-Style serves the same purpose as our standard line.

If you are deciding whether to use an L-Track or E-Track, read the difference between L-Track and E-Track.

What is Airline Style L-Track?

image of a silver, long aluminum L-Track rail

This product has multiple names such as Aircraft Style L-Track, Logistic Track, Seat Style, and Seat Track. Through its many names, it serves the same purpose as our heavy-duty L-Tracks. The Airline L-Track features a narrow and squared profile and consists of a high-quality grade 6351.

This style was popular in the airline industry as a way to secure seats, which you may have heard it as “Seat Style” or “Seat Track.” Although this is common in the airline industry, our 6′ Airline L-Track and 12′ Airline L-Track are versatile to use for many consumer tie-down applications. It has a narrower profile than E-Tracks, but still provides strong tie-down points for motorcycles, ATVs, tractors, and much more.

Watch below on how to install L-Track Anchor Point Tie Downs to your truck or trailer:

Source: US Cargo Control

Please note that this aluminum track is still known by a variety of airline terms (airline track tie-downs, airline cargo straps, airplane cargo tie-down rails, or aircraft-style seat track), But not all grades of this tracking are FAA certified for use in the airline industry.

What is the Difference between Standard and Airline L-Tracks?

a man installing aluminum L Track to his truck with drill

The Airline Track and the Standard Track do have the same aluminum alloys and narrow profile, but the Airline L-Track has slightly higher tensile strength. All of our L-Tracks except the Aircraft Track is made with 6061-T6 aluminum. 6061-T6 is one of the more commonly used aluminum alloys, and T-6 means that it is tempered. By tempered, this means it is solutionized and artificially aged.

Also, the Airline L-Track has a squared profile on the edges, while the standard is more rounded. All our track rail options will support the Working Load Limit (WLL) of any of the fittings that go into them. The only thing to keep in mind is the track itself does not have a rating.

Regardless, you can use the same tiedown applications for the Airline-Style and the Standard. You would just need to refer to the fittings’ WLL for load rating information.

Common Uses for 6061-T6 and 6351:

6061-T6 Examples are structural components for aircrafts, yachts, automotive parts, flashlights, scuba tanks, and other high pressure tanks.

6351 Examples are the manufacturing of aluminum pipes and tubing, and almost similar uses to 6061-T6.

So, How is Aircraft L-Track Not Stronger?

up-close shot of an L Track rail with pre drilled holes

The reason we don’t say the Aircraft-Style is not stronger than the standard product is that 6351 and 6061 are basically identical aluminum alloys in the 6000 series. The only difference is the Airline-Style has slightly higher tensile strength. In the case of tiedown applications, this difference is negligible because you can use both tracks in identical applications.

To learn more about 6061-T6 and 6351 Aluminum, read the differences and similarities in their properties and composition.

The Aircraft L-Tracks are perfect to use for many types of tie-down applications and are compatible with our Fittings. This also includes our single stud fittings and double stud fittings. Also, don’t forget to look into our line of L-Track Straps!

When you’re ready to secure your items with our L-Track rails, go to US Cargo Control or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.

L-Track Fittings and Installation

While E track tie downs have been the traditional favorite for flat trailers and enclosed trailer tie downs, L track tie down systems (also called logistic track or airline track) is gaining in popularity. Because of its lower profile, airline track tie down rail and fittings are ideal for smaller spaces like truck beds. In addition to lengths of logistic track tie down rail, single track pieces are also available in a 2′ round or 2″ rectangular style so you can create single anchor points wherever you need them. And with range of l track fittings, and even ratchet straps outfitted with both e-track and l-track fittings, becoming more widely available, these slim, sleek cargo tie downs can be used to easily and quickly secure just about anything.

See our entire selection of L track tie down systems, and check out these videos for tips on installing l-track and choosing the right fittings for your tie downs:

How to install L-track:

L-track fittings:

 

L-track fittings featured in these videos: