US-based fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain El Pollo Loco is ready to test door-to-backyard drone delivery service in the country.

El Pollo Loco said that the Air Loco drone testing programme will start from 24 June.

El Pollo Loco president and CEO Bernard Acoca said: “We’re highly encouraged by the evolution of our digital flywheel and continued enhancement of the strategies we put in place last year.

“We look forward to further growth on the heels of our record-breaking 250% increase in delivery performance in 2020.”

The restaurant chain has partnered with Israeli-based drone startup company Flytrex to launch the pilot.

Flytrex manufactures and operates automated drones, which use a wire release mechanism to gently lower food orders from 80ft.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

The Air Loco drone will feature a fastened delivery box to keep orders intact.

With this initiative, El Pollo Loco will become the first national restaurant company to test drone delivery services in the US.

El Pollo Loco digital vice-president Andy Rebhun said: “El Pollo Loco continues to explore new and innovative delivery services that offer our customers added quality and convenience, and the Air Loco drone delivery pilot programme is our latest effort to unlock fresh options for getting our fire-grilled chicken to hungry customers everywhere – piping hot and in perfect condition.

“We want to offer drone food deliveries that are fast, convenient and safe. The insights gleaned during this test-and-learn pilot will play a crucial role in helping us shape this exciting new service ahead of its rollout.”

In a similar move, Indian food delivery platform Swiggy and its partner Anra Technologies have also received clearance from various authorities in India to begin trials for drone food delivery.