I must say that this time I'm with Crewchief, there are too many pilots that are so keen to give (note I say GIVE) you their opinion on a subject, when they haven't got a clue about whats really going on.
Example : 737 arrives onstand (after very last minute stand change) equipment is on way to a/c from planned stand. Capt sticks head out of cockpit window and shouts to female customer service agent 'Don't just stand there - put those steps on the a/c now' (no please or thankyou there). The steps he was referring to were designed for a Bae 146 or an ATP which as WE all know are much lower than a 737, obviously the prat upfront didnot notice this.
"Business pax with short connections: without containers you can open the cargo door, take out a few "rush" bags which were loaded last, and bring them to the next AC in a matter of minutes. That is impossible with the container system."
No it's not - takes no more time than offloading and stacking the bags on a trolley - in UK all transfer bags have to be re x-rayed anyway so they can't go straight to next a/c.
"It takes a lot more time to put oversize handluggage in the hold with the containersystem: the last container has to stand by on the ground, waiting for these bags and can only be loaded at the very last minute. So there is at least one man with an expensive machine waiting around + time lost."
Again thats what the bulk hold is for, and if you do have to leave a bin on the machine, that goes on whilst the jetbridge comes off - no time wasted.
"With containers you depend on ground personnel and equipment"
So do bulk loaded a/c offload themselves ??? ALL a/c DEPEND on ground personnel - you guys only drive WE on the ground do the rest.
Erasmus, not having a 'go' at you personally, just a generalisation of a MAJORITY of the pilots I work with everyday.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"