Congestion on airports and limited space on ramp as well as the need to reduce operation costs at a minimum called for the USE OF A NARROW LOADER WHENEVER POSSIBLE. The new generation of loaders, chainless for easier maintenance and faster operation. The arrival on airports of the A320 and new A319 called for the design and creation of a new loader/Transporter: The AIR MARREL LAM 3500. In its research for trouble free maintenance and comfort for the operator AIR MARREL has developed a special version of the LAM 3500 Model called LAM 3500 DP/M8. In addition to all features of the standard model DP/M7, the new version DP/8 offers powered side loading and container rotation in option or rotation only. Other innovative design to be found on the AIR MARREL LAM 3500 DP/8 is the chain-less load transfer system (all powered rollers are directly driven by individual hydraulic motors) The LAM 3500 DP/-8 can: transfer baggage and cargo containers or pallets (max.60.4" wide) to the front and rear lower deck compartments of Boeing B767 and Airbus A319, A320, A321 aircraft. transfer baggage and cargo containers/pallets to the rear lower deck compartments of DC10, MD11, L1011, A300, A310, A340 and B777 aircraft. receive independantly on the front platform one AKH container or LD1, LD2, LD3. receive on the rear platform 2 special AKH containers or 2 standard containers LD1, LD2, LD3 or 1 container LD4, LD6, LD8, LD11 or standard aircraft pallet up to 1540mmx 3175mm (60.4" x 125"). transfer containers or pallets to the aircraft at transfer heights from approx. 1.900 m to 3.480 m (74.8" to 136.2"). receive and discharge loads from ground vehicles at a height of 508mm (20 in.), with a minimum height of 485 mm (19.3 in.) and a maximum possible height (on the rear) of 1600mm (63 in.).