Edible coffee cups trialled on international flights

Air New Zealand is aiming to combat waste by trialling edible coffee cups, which can double as dessert bowls Credit: Air New Zealand Handout/PA

A New Zealand airline is bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase "disposable cups" and is trialling edible coffee cups.

The cups are being brought in by Air New Zealand in a battle against waste.

The Kiwi flag carrier, which serves more than eight million cups of coffee a year, says the cups are vanilla-flavoured and leak proof.

The airline added they can double as a dessert bowl.

The airline has been using compostable plant-based cups, but now says its new plan will "remove these totally from landfills".

It said the cups have been a "big hit with customers".

Air New Zealand is trailing the new edible, biscuit-based cups. Credit: Air New Zealand

The airline is now seeking to roll a trial out further and is looking at options to do so.

The company which developed the cup for Air New Zealand, Twiice, said the cup will not crumble like a biscuit, and will "stay crisp at least as long as it takes to drink your coffee, and longer".

Earlier this year, a Japanese Airline allowed passengers to see if they are scheduled to be at next to a child on their flight.

Passengers flying with the Japan Airlines are shown where children under the age of two are seated, allowing them to avoid crying babies, should they wish to do so.