A handful of U.K.-based airlines are exploring the idea of ending domestic flights with a cargo of mattresses.
The move would make travel to the U.C.I. in London more attractive for U.J. airlines, which are struggling to compete against American and European competitors.
It would also make it easier for American airlines to sell their luggage to customers in Europe and Asia, said David O’Leary, an analyst at IHS Global Insight.
Mattresses and pillows are among the items that have been banned from domestic flights since 2013, but airlines such as JetBlue and Southwest are exploring ways to make them available to passengers in their home countries.
American and European carriers have tried to get rid of luggage altogether in recent years, including a move to stop flights from Dubai, but the ban has yet to be lifted.
Airlines such as Air New Zealand and United Airlines have been trying to get around the ban by offering free return flights to customers overseas.
But there is little consensus among travelers whether the move will help the airlines compete against U.P. carriers such as Delta and United.
Delta’s CEO, Doug Parker, told investors on Thursday that he expects domestic flights to stay the same.
“I would not say this is a net positive,” Parker said.
United’s Parker said that the new policy would allow the airline to sell its domestic flights at a discount.
Drones, which make it more difficult to check bags and seats, have also become popular options for customers wanting to use their luggage.
O’Leary said the move could also be seen as a bid to protect its bottom line by boosting the profits of its airlines, as well as its reputation in the international marketplace.
Aviation analysts say a cargo ban could hurt domestic airlines’ profit margins.
One major reason, they say, is that airlines have been slow to expand beyond their domestic markets.
While domestic flights may have been a boon for airlines like JetBlue, Southwest and United, it has not helped U.A.E. airlines compete with European and Asian competitors, analysts say.
There is also the fact that a cargo rule could affect airlines’ ability to find customers.
U.S.-based Air New York and Delta Airlines are looking at offering their flights to passengers around the world with a variety of items including mattresses and pillowcases, said Brian Kuehn, the chief executive officer of the firm.
They have also looked at expanding their services beyond the U-K.
and the U.-Asia region, he added.
However, Air New Yorker has already begun to explore options to offer the flights in the U, he said.