Aki Rahman plans to deliver curry takeaways by drone/SWNS
Your favourite takeaway curry could soon be winging its way to you via drone delivery, if restaurant boss Aki Rahman has his way.
The restaurant owner has applied for a Civil Aviation Authority licence to fly curry dishes straight to customers’ homes using the futuristic technology.
“I’m determined to beat Google and Amazon and be the first to use delivery drones,” he said.
“We’ve done a trial run to my grandmother’s house and it went really well.”
Aki, who owns The Don restaurant in Milton Keynes, plans to fly his chicken tikka masalas and vindaloos using a tough thermal takeaway bag which fits securely on the bottom rails of the four-propeller £650 DJI Phantom 3 drone.
He’s even practiced landing it gently to ensure even the lightest poppadom stays intact.
Takeaway currys could be delivered in a whole new fashion/Creative Comms
The enterprising 30-year-old will track the progress of the drone with a specialist camera, with customers getting the chance to see footage of their food being delivered.
Permission is needed from the CAA to use the aircraft for commercial purposes and to fly with a camera within congested areas.
Aki said: “I’m 80 per cent sure I will be allowed. But if not, I will stick to delivering in rural, open areas - perhaps delivering to a park if people want a special occasion picnic.”
The Don only opened four months ago and prides itself on offering "real” Indian cuisine without colourings or additives.
Aki’s announcement comes as Amazon plans to use drones to deliver packages within half an hour of an order being received.