Worldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3098 times:
My apologies if this has been posted (search problems etc), but I have read somewhere that MyTravel are to scrap their DC-10's by the end of the summer season.
The official line seems to be that they are "planned capacity cuts" for the winter, but one of the DC-10's was recently involved in a high profile, 30 hour (ish) delay on a flight from Fuerteventura. This unfortunately got into the papers, and as local hotels were unable to accommodate 300+ people overnight, some people had to sleep on the floor at the airport.
What do you think? Are these really planned cuts, especially as the company seems to be in real financial trouble at the moment, and retiring these huge, and inefficient aircraft would seem to make sense.
But, thinking way back to the negative PR over Excalibur and their DC-10's, have they decided to do this for good PR. Pictures of people sleeping in airports can really damage the image of a company! Also, they surely cant still be making lease payments for these elderly aircraft, so apart from fuel, they can't need to pay out too much to operate them.
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 47 Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3062 times:
Monarch have just started scrapping their former sole DC-10 at MAN (there was a thread earlier the week on that one).
I suspect MYT will scrap their few DC-10's for the same reason as MON, no great demand by MYT for them these days and they are possibly due hugely expensive overhauls therefore not cost-effective to carry on with them.
Sad I know, but when you see US 734's built in '88/'89 being scrapped you know that the aviation world is forever changing (that was another recent thread).
Incidentally, I doubt whether the recent delays played much part in the retirement, a month or so ago a B757 based at LBA went tech at MAH and caused knock on delays of up to 36 hours but you don't see MYT replacing their 752's because of it.
GoAround From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 616 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2966 times:
Expected news, but still sad. But... onwards and upwards! They were great a/c whilst they were alive, and still are good to fly on, but there comes a time when aircraft (and everything) become old and need replacement.
I'm sure some will be preserved though, just so we can grin as we visit them in a few years time!
Lowsonboy From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 275 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2867 times:
I think it is just the DC10-10s that are going next month (G-TDTW, G-DPSP and G-TAOS). As far as I know the DC10-30 (G-BYDA) is being retained as a standby A/C. I had heard that they were just not being used during the winter season, however the decision by MYT to sack many flight engineers and cabin crew suggest that this will be permanent
Jmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1296 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2853 times:
I had heard that they were being kept "inactive" through the winter but no final descision on their fate yet, th
Doubt its for PR reasons. The aircraft were going tech more and more, mroe costly to maintain etc. Although saying that, the 767s are being right sheds at the moment, probably same amount of tech delays, maybe more. 14 Hours at BHX today i noticed....
"MyTravel Airways will retire the bulk of its ageing DC-10 fleet at the end of the month following a rash of delays.
Three of its four DC-10s, which are between 23 and 25 years old, will go, while a fourth, which is 18 years old, will remain as a back-up.
The decision follows a well-publicised 43-hour delay in Fuerteventura last month, when a DC-10 suffered engine failure.
But a MyTravel spokeswoman claimed: "This is all to do with cuts in capacity."
The aircraft served mainly routes to the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands.
But their 379-passenger capacity caused problems when faults developed, as it was difficult to draft in replacements quickly.
Their disposal will increase MyTravel's asset write-downs, although the value of the aircraft is almost negligible.
The DC-10s are based at Manchester, although 139 cabin crew and engineers at Glasgow and Gatwick may face redundancy."
Lowsonboy From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 275 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2751 times:
Not sure about the accuracy of that report. I'm sure G-BYDA, the a/c that is being retained, was built in 1978 and is the oldest of the lot! I would guess this is being kept on because of its better ranged (and therefore better versatility as a standby a/c). I don't know if it will be planned to operate regular flights such as the MAN-LGW-BGI run like last winter though.