As for ramping, it was more down to individual airlines and how well they maintained their cargo holds. Some airlines... everything broken, more tape than original surface, loading mechanisms prone to breaking down, jamming the ULDs and what not.
Also, the cheap bahstids who had B738s with no conveyor should have been told they could expect twice the turnaround times. Those really do suck in a major way.
I was happier the less DC9s and MD80s I saw too. We had them exclusively on charter and they're not built for that. Lying down on your back and passing the bags over you... man! And always full until you had to push bags aside to close the door. With the airline (with different handling company) on the next stand only hauling business pax, three bags or whatever in the hold on a full flight...
Jumping in through the front door of F50s all day long keeps your shins a nice blue colour with a bumpy structure too. The threshold, well, your shin will clip it one time out of three if you are in a hurry I found.
Ever jump out of a cargo hold without looking, only to ram your head into the door which has slid partially shut? That was the big drawback of the SF34, with the GPU connection location coming in a close second. Oh, how nice to wait there, sprayed by water and/or gravel from #1 starting up feathered...
Worst cargo hold? The Jungle Jet (Embraer), dead certain! Under the engine, close to the APU noise (and probably air too, although less notiecably) outlet, full of irregularities, poor carpeting, all kinds of strange corners and all the wrong dimensions! I hear the rest of the aircraft is up to the same high standards maintenance-wise - anyone like to comment on that? :/
As for pointy-noses, anything Saab floats my boat! Who needs a weapon loader? Spending half an hour on a turnarounds? You have to be kidding! FOD walks down the runway? Don't think so! And it's a short one anyway. Something wrong? Pull the right LRU
and you're off again. We don't need no stinkin' airbases. A bit of road, a trailer and a fuel bowser!
Did not like those DC-10s and A330s where you had to stuff a few hundred bags of bulk cargo in the aft hold. Bit of a pain we could've done without. CRJs made it hard getting the conveyor belts we used into the cargo door somehow, can't remember why.
I thought I was doing good trying to avoid those airport hotels... and look at me now.