I don't know who it's running for, but ATI's 395CM is on an ILN-HNL-GUM-HKG-GUM-SYD-HKG-... run. I read on a fansite that the GUM-SYD-HKG portion, at least, is going to be twice weekly for over a month. Can't be for DHL, because of the ABX Scope rules, I think.
It’s for DHL.
ABX’s DHL “domestic 767 out of CVG scope clause” during their concession contract did not envision any other ATSG company but them doing international work for DHL I guess.
I’m curious now, what is this scope clause?
There's a lot of debate at this point about what it is. There's nothing in the text of the body of the contract itself that's germane other than a restriction on transferring ABX aircraft to another ATSG-owned carrier where they will be used to service DHL. However, there's a side letter (which I haven't seen) which apparently addresses the issue of the CVG ramp and says something to the effect that, within ATSG, only ABX will operate 767s for DHL into/out-of CVG. There's some talk about it only applying to certain aircraft, for a certain time period, etc. There are a number of provisions in the contract that I would want to redraft for clarity because they're not crystal-clear (at least to me as a lawyer), and it sounds like this is one of them. Maybe it says domestic, maybe it doesn't. Regardless, this aircraft isn't ex-ABX, and the flight didn't start or end at CVG. But I think most of us familiar with that shop read most ABX pilots as believing they have a monopoly within ATSG on 767 service for DHL, without their approval, which they have sometimes given in a pinch (e.g. when one of ATI's 757s was down, or Peak, and DHL wanted to sub in, say, 255CM)
I'm curious whether this was a price thing or an availability thing or a do-we-have-people-to-do-it thing, or some of each. ABX has some slack in the fleet right now, but they also have N363CM out of service since 3/1/20, first at GSO and now at ILN, and N364CM out of service at GSO since 5/24/20, which may have been enough to make this retention non-feasible. OTOH, ATI only has 2 767-300s that are not dry-leased by Amazon, and one of them is being used for this, so that's a lot of trust in the aircraft running reliably.
Back when DHL was the lifeblood of the company, this was probably worth fighting about. Now that DHL shows its antipathy to all of ATSG by continuing to take routes away from them and now to give them to the likes of Cargojet and Amerijet, it's a moribund business and ABX ought to be shaking the trees like Amerijet is and finding new sources of income.