Chicken shortage shuts hundreds of KFC stores in UK

A closed sign hangs on the drive through of a KFC restaurant after problems with a new distribution system in Coalville, Britain, in this February 19, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 20 February 2018
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Chicken shortage shuts hundreds of KFC stores in UK

LONDON: US fast-food chain KFC said Monday it had shut hundreds of UK stores as German delivery supplier DHL left them short of fowl and customers without their “fried chicken fix.”
KFC said that more than 700 of its 900 UK-wide chicken shops had been forced to close since the weekend, while others were offering a downsized menu or shorter opening hours.
“We’ve brought a new delivery partner onboard, but they’ve had a couple of teething problems — getting fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex,” KFC said in a statement.
“We won’t compromise on quality, so no deliveries has meant some of our restaurants are closed, and others are operating a limited menu, or shortened hours.
“We know that this might have inconvenienced some of you over the last few days, and disappointed you when you wanted your fried chicken fix — we’re really sorry about that,” the company added.
DHL said in a separate statement that it was working to resolve the problem.


British Airways flight ends up in wrong city

Updated 9 min 15 sec ago
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British Airways flight ends up in wrong city

  • Passengers found out about the mishap when the pilot said the plane was coming in to land in Edinburgh
  • After the crew realized the mistake, the plane was refueled and flown to Dusseldorf

LONDON: A British Airways plane flew by mistake from London to Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf in Germany on Monday.
Passengers only found out about the mishap when the pilot said the plane was coming in to land in Edinburgh, which is around 500 miles (800 kilometers) from Dusseldorf.
After the crew realized the mistake, the plane was refueled and flown to Dusseldorf, landing in Germany with a delay of more than three and a half hours.
“We are working with WDL Aviation, who operated this flight on behalf of British Airways, to establish why the incorrect flight plan was filed,” a spokesman said.
Twitter user Son Tran, who said he was on the plane, said: “While an interesting concept, I don’t think anyone on board has signed up for this mystery travel lottery.”
Another passenger, Sophie Cooke, told the BBC that the wait in Edinburgh “became very frustrating.”
“The toilets were blocked and they ran out of snacks. It was also really stuffy,” Cooke said.