New Delhi, June 19: Jet Airways has announced free lifetime-pass for a baby born on board its flight from Saudi Arabia's Dammam to Mumbai.
In a press release, the airline said, "A guest delivered a baby boy at 35,000 feet. Pleased to offer newly-born a free lifetime pass for all his travel on Jet."
Jet Airways flight 9W 569 took off from Dammam for Kochi at 2.55 am today and when an expectant mother travelling onboard went into premature labour the crew declared a medical emergency and diverted the flight to Mumbai.
A female nurse travelling to Kerala, named Mini Wilson, volunteered to help deliver the child along with the airline staff. After the plane landed in Mumbai, both the mother and the baby were rushed to a hospital and were said to be doing well, according to the airline.
The plane later resumed its onward journey to Kochi and reached its destination a delay of 90 minutes. More than five infants were born on commercial flights in the last year.
The last airline to award unconditional, complimentary flights for life to a baby born on their plane was AirAsia, when, in 2009, a passenger gave birth while on a two-hour flight from Penang to Kuching.