Free travel pass for baby born on Saudi-India flight

Jet Airways crew members who assisted with the child birth. Image: Supplied.

The first baby born on-board Jet Airways’ Dammam-Kochi flight on Sunday has been given a “free life time travel pass”.

“Being the first baby to be born inflight for the airline, we are pleased to offer the newly-born a free life time pass for all his travel on Jet Airways,” the India-based airline said in a statement sent to Arabian Business.

The airline’s flight 9W 569 (Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Kochi, India) with 162 passengers on-board was diverted to Mumbai, as one of the passenger’s went into premature labour. With assistance from the crew members and an onboard paramedic, the woman delivered a baby boy at 35,000 feet.

Upon landing, both mother and the baby were rushed to Holy Spirit Hospital in Mumbai and are stable, Jet Airways said.

The airplane resumed its onward journey to Kochi and reached its destination at 12.45 pm after a delay of 90 minutes.

UAE-based Etihad Airways owns a 24 percent stake in Jet Airways.

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