The 732 seemed to me to be a very easy aircraft to load and unload. Lavs (ugh!) weren't too difficult to do, unless you had the "donut" plugs. Still made me sick every time I went near them. Was a pain to drain the water every freezing night, though.
When we got MD
-80s, I thought I was in heaven! Not because they were easy to load, but because the bin floors didn't have little bits sticking up into my knees! They weren't as easy to load as a 732, but overall, they were easier to work with. Belt-loaders were optional, even when tiny Jen Stodden was loading the plane (she was all of 5'1"--cute, though).
When the 727s came our way, well... Let's just say I didn't like loading the rear bin, which is all NJ
ever loaded if TransMeridian could help it. They didn't want bags in their forward bins because that's where they kept all their spare parts. Like they didn't trust us or something...
Loaded one A320 during my tenure as a ramper. It was nothing special. Didn't like the fact that you needed belt loaders for both forward and rear bins (aircraft is just too high!).
When I went to ATL
for training with FL
, I had the pleasure of loading a 717. Bins were low to the ground (lower than the MD
-80 or 732!), bin floors were smooth composite, didn't have to use blue-juice to flush the lavs, APU wasn't too loud. It really was a ramper's dream. Never got to push one back or pull one in, though. Guess they thought the ex-NJ CSAs who were there needed more training with hand-signals than someone who had been on the ramp for a couple of years.
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