Air freight companies that offer mattresses to customers flying from out of state have started taking orders for their services.
It’s a sign that demand for mattresses is picking up and that the supply of those products is improving, as new pilots become available.
Air freight services started in 2007 and now offer mattress delivery, shipping, storage and rental for travelers.
It doesn’t take much to add another piece of luggage to the mix and it also helps offset the costs of the airline tickets and baggage fees.
“It’s a good thing, I’m happy to be able to do this, but also it’s a way to get my family and friends out of the country,” said Matt G. Cottrell, president of the Matt Cottrel Company, which has a fleet of 20 airplanes.
“We know how to take care of them.
We’ve been in business for 20 years and we know how it goes.
We know how they handle baggage and the airlines, but this is a great time to have a mattress.”
Cottrell said the industry is looking at bringing in new pilots to work with its fleet.
The company says it’s hiring a pilot for each flight it flies, and will also be offering flights to Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Cottrel says it doesn’t have a timetable for when the company plans to start flying new flights, but said the company is aiming to add more flights this year.
“We have a pilot and he will be on the plane, so we’ll see,” Cottll said.
“It’s going to be a long wait.”
Matt Cottrill said he expects to have an aircraft ready by the end of the year.
The airline said in its first quarter earnings report that its fleet has added more than 3,000 seats and more than 600 passengers.
The plane it flies on is a Boeing 737 Max, a medium-sized airliner with seating for up to 10 people.
Cotsrell said he’s been looking for a new plane to add to his fleet for a while.
“I’ve been looking at every airplane I can find and every airplane that fits, and we’ve had some good options,” Cotrell said.
The company plans on expanding its service to other destinations, including Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands.
Cotrel said it’s not only about the comfort of the mattresses, but the cost.
“When you add that into the price, you really are looking at a lot of dollars going into your pocket,” Cotsll said, adding that it’s an investment in the future.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to grow and become a leader in the industry,” Cotti said.