Musical instruments

  • As hand luggage
  • On an additionally paid passenger seat
  • As checked baggage
  • As cargo
As hand luggage

Passenger can carry musical instrument as hand luggage if this luggage fits in the overhead bin or under the seat in the aircraft cabin. In this case, the dimensions and the weight of one piece (with container) must correspond to the UIA standard free hand luggage allowance.

For details on hand luggage allowance please click here.

On an additionally paid passenger seat

Musical instrument on additional passenger seat must be reserved and paid in advance. Maximum weight of such baggage is 80 kg; maximum dimensions: height – 115 сm, length – 65 сm, width – 45 сm.

Exception: maximum dimensions for violoncello in a package carried in a cabin: height – 150 cm, width – 50 cm, thickness – 65 cm.

You can find out carriage details and request this service in advance via UIA Contact Center using the following online form.

As checked baggage

Musical instrument shall be packed in a hard case. UIA is not liable for damage if the musical instrument is not properly packed.

Standard checked baggage allowance and fees for overweight and oversize (weight/piece concept) are applied to musical instruments (including containers/cases) accepted as checked baggage in hold.

Exception: A double bass will still be accepted in checked baggage even if it exceeds the maximum dimensions.

For details on hand luggage allowance please see.

As cargo

If a musical instrument exceeds maximum dimensions it must only be transported as cargo.