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British expats charter flight to deliver Indian food in France

Press Trust of India  |  London 

British expatriates based in have set a new takeaway trend for Indian by chartering a flight to deliver their from the

The flight, dubbed "Air" by local media, will deliver popular dishes from the in at a charge of around 36 euros per head to Bordeaux on Saturday.

Air is booked to take off from Lee-on-Solent airfield on the south coast of with Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Balti, Bengal Naga Chicken and Vegetable Paneer Korai, alongside rice and naan.

The six-seater aircraft is scheduled to land at Bordeaux Saucats airfield in the middle of the region's vineyards, where the 50-strong group of British expats and their French friends will dine in a hangar, Portsmouth's reported.

"Although there are some Indian restaurants in France, the quality of is nowhere near as good as in And this is partly because French people, in the main, are not fond of spicy dishes," explains Roy Buchan, a regular at the

He had hit headlines in 2014 when he took worth 100 pounds back to Normandy in for his lunch.

He triggered his latest French takeaway trend by posting an invitation on along with James Emery, an English expat and pilot who helped put the idea into practice.

"I have been a loyal customer of the Akash for close to 20 years. Every time I popped in for a meal, I would complain about the bland and uninspiring version of Indian we get in France," Emery said.

Faz Ahmed, the restaurant's manager, said they had overcome significant obstacles to make the takeaway a reality.

"We were initially concerned this idea would not become a reality. But, now I am confident it will be pulled off and cannot wait to see the outcome," Ahmed said.

With James's help, the restaurant was able to contact Iroise Aero Formation, a professional flying school based in Brest, which agreed to provide the use of the TBM700 aircraft.

In the UK, houses such as the Akash Tandoori Restaurant have their roots in and which create dishes geared to the British palate.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 20:55 IST