N652GT B767-200 ferried as CSB9652 (21 Air) CWF-OPF on 09 May 2021, this aircraft was previously flying in full DHL livery operated by Atlas Air. Anyone know if this is joining the 21 Air fleet and still flying for DHL in their scheme? Additionally, N653GT B767-200 ferried to Miami on 01 May 2021, has this now gone to AmeriJet?
Quick background, very oversimplified: After DHL shot itself in the head consolidating its acquisition of Airborne Express, resulting in billions of dollars of losses and the loss of much domestic volume, DHL shut down its brief foray into intra-US operations. When it acquired Airborne, one of the contracts allowed ABX Air (essentially a renaming of Airborne's airline) to force DHL to buy certain assets in the event that DHL shut down the intra-US domestic operations. Smart lawyering! Among those assets that DHL could be forced to buy were 9 767-200 aircraft.
When DHL pulled out, ABX made DHL buy the 9 aircraft. DHL ended up putting all 9 with Atlas to operate for DHL under CMI agreements, and Atlas renumbered them from their xxxAX tail numbers. For some time, Airborne continued to maintain them for Atlas at ILN.
But DHL owns them.
There are 5 ex-TWA PW-powered ones (JT9D-7R4D), and 4 GE-powered ones. [Nerd note: 4 of the PWs were originally-delivered to TWA, with 2-digit line numbers, and one was originally delivered to Braathens, but wound its way eventually to TWA (N655GT, l/n 101), all per Planespotters.net.]
DHL is now slowly moving them from Atlas.
The 4 GE-powered ones are operated by Amerijet for DHL now (656GT, 657GT, 658GT, 659GT).
That leaves 5.
2 are still operated by Atlas (651GT, 655GT).
One just went to OPF (652GT) after a stay at CWF, as you point out, flying under a CSB flight number, so presumably it's gonna be operated by 21Air for DHL.
One is at MIA (653GT), which presumably means it is in conformity for Amerijet, consistent with rumors that Amerijet is getting 2 of them to operate for DHL in addition to its already-4. OTOH, Atlas has a substantial operation at MIA, so it's not certain.
One has been at MLB for about a week (650GT), presumably in conformity for somebody at STS. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=441452437052334