Struggling UK tour operator MyTravel Group is to axe the entire Boeing fleet of its MyTravel Airways charter arm as it seeks to emerge from its precarious financial position.

The group will withdraw five Boeing 757-200s, three 767-300ERs and its one remaining McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30, having already ditched three DC-10-30s. Tim Jeans, who has headed the group's airline operations since mid-2003, has made it clear that simplifying the fleet structure, which included six different types when he took over, was a priority. The fleet will now be centred around 20 Airbus A330-200s and A320/A321s.

MyTravel says that up to 118 pilots, 372 cabin crew and 50 other staff could lose their jobs, although the company is looking at "viable" alternatives. Eight of the nine axed aircraft were on lease, with one 757 owned outright.

Source: Airline Business