A taste of the future of airline food has been served up for customers in a no-meat burger.
Air New Zealand has announced a new in-flight collaboration with Silicon Valley food tech start-up Impossible Foods - making it the world's first airline to serve the award-winning, plant-based Impossible Burger.
The Impossible Burger contains an iron-containing molecule known as heme that comes from the root of soy plants.
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The heme is the same as that found in natural animal meat which means the plant-based burger cooks, smells and tastes like a traditional meat burger but contains no animal products.
Air New Zealand's inflight customer experience manager Niki Chave said they were confident vegeterians and dedicated meat lovers would enjoy the burger.
"Like Impossible Foods, we are committed to offering our customers a fresh and innovative approach to cuisine.
"We're incredibly excited about this partnership and the opportunity to offer our Business Premier customers travelling from Los Angeles to Auckland a delicious plant-based option that tastes just like the real deal."
Impossible Foods CEO and founder Dr. Patrick O Brown said the collaboration was a perfect partnership that would only help grow both organisations.
"We launched with high credibility, innovative chefs known for their delicious burgers, so it's no coincidence our first airline partner has been named Airline of the Year for five straight years.
Air New Zealand will serve the Impossible Burger on its business premier menu on flights NZ1 and NZ5 from Los Angeles to Auckland until late October.