Home > Lifestyle > Food > News
Thursday June 26, 2014 MYT 12:45:00 PM
Thursday June 26, 2014 MYT 12:53:45 PM
Dodo Pizza claims it is not a PR stunt.
A Russian fast food chain claims to have taken a slice out of the competition by becoming the first to offer pizza delivery by drone.
Dodo Pizza in the northern Russian city of Syktyvkar posted a video online over the weekend showing the first airdrops of pizzas to customers and promised the service was not just a one-time PR stunt.
“We already sold six pizzas in one and a half hours using a drone, it is a real business model,” manager Ilya Farafonov told AFP.
“You should see the faces of people when their pizza arrives from the sky, it’s like magic,” he added.
In the video, a pizza agent in an orange vest dispatched to a local park is shown taking orders from a gaggle of hungry students. Moments later, a tiny copter hones into view and lowers a pizza to the customers on a piece of extending rope.
“People didn’t want to order pizza before, but now they do,” said Farafonov.
The fast food chain hopes to expand delivery by drone to 18 other Russian cities, flying pizzas to beaches and university campuses.
The only snag in the new delivery method is that the destination and route of each drone flight has to be carefully planned and preapproved by authorities, Farafonov said.
Although other chains, such as Domino’s in Britain and a company in India, have previously attempted to deliver pizza by drone, Farafonov said these had never developed into “real delivery”.
Retail giant Amazon announced last year it was looking into delivering its packages by drone and several companies already use the unmanned aircraft to distribute their products. – AFP Relaxnews
Tags / Keywords:
Lifestyle, Dodo Pizza, Russia, drone delivery, pizza, airdrop, Syktyvkar
Russia unveils bust of Putin as Roman emperor
News agency gives thumbs up to close ties between Beijing and Moscow
Indonesia jails Russian for 16.5 years for drug smuggling
Hostel fire victim’s body to come home
Diver Dhabitah getting closer to big breakthrough
Big plans for gallery
‘Don’t change approved plans’
Tasteful eats for all seasons
No problem hanging out with George Clooney
Passion and food go hand in hand
YouTube adds support for 60fps livestreaming
Raging storm in the city
Premier Division semi-final encounters set to be closely-fought battles
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)