Why was it a displeasure, you ask, SMcC??
's load planning wanted us to load the DC9 in a 60/40 split. Which means 60% of bags, mail, and freight were to be put in the rear and 40% up front. At times during a quick turn-around you did not have time to go over every bag and ensure an accurate split. Also, mail and gate checked items were to be stowed the same way. Ever try cutting a live animal in 60/40?? It was tedious plus the location of the baggage bin door was directly under engine #2 and these engines leaked oil like Niagara falls. How would you like as a passenger to receive your luggage with a lovely film of turbo oil?, not to mention as a ramper, you also received free scalp moisturizer compliments of #2. Don't get me wrong, they were nice looking planes and, of course, part of aviation history but they need to be just there....history.
is going to retire an MD
every time they receive a Airbus which will be roughly once a month starting early next year. I hope they start with aircraft 801NK. That plane needs to be put out of our misery.