British Airways chefs have been tasked with perfecting the traditional fish supper. After months in development the airline is testing fish and chips on some of its short-haul flights this week.

Customers on flights from Heathrow to the likes of Athens, Larnaca, Istanbul, Sofia, St Petersburg and Kiev will get to enjoy the new fare, which the airline’s catering team has developed alongside food innovation specialists, Green Gourmet.

The family favourite, which will be rolled out over the summer holidays if it gets the seal of approval from customers, includes a sustainable cod fillet coated with a light, crispy batter, served with a portion of award-winning chunky fries. The meal is served in an environmentally friendly box, designed to ensure the meal is cooked to perfection in the airline’s aircraft ovens.

Of course, fish and chips wouldn’t be quite right without the right condiments, so the meal will be served with vinegar, ketchup and tartare sauce.

Sinead Ferguson, menu development manager, said: “What better meal to see on board a summer flight than the traditional British fish supper? We know our customers love comfort food and expect it to be done well when they fly with us. Naturally we went for sustainable cod and we’ve worked hard with Green Gourmet to make the perfect chip, which in the past has been a challenge to produce at 35,000 feet.

“We think our secret recipe delivers just the right crunch and hopefully our customers will agree. If so, we plan to roll out the fish supper on our longest short-haul flights this summer.”