20 June, 2017
The woman delivered the baby in Jet Airways 9W 569 flight.
The baby born at 35,000 feet on its Dammam-Kochi Jet Airways flight on Sunday will be kept under observation at Mumbai's Holy Spirit Hospital for five days. The airline's crew, who are trained to deliver babies, and a paramedic on the flight assisted with the birth.
"The baby was born at 8:45 am, while the flight landed at Mumbai at 9:12", a source at the airport told reporters.
Jet Airways said it was the first time a baby had been born on one of its flights and that it had given him free travel for life on the airline.
The Boeing 737 had 162 guests onboard.
"This additional frequency will help passengers to conveniently connect with other domestic and worldwide destinations with convenient timings", a Jet Airways statement said.
However, the baby boy born on the Jet Airways plane will have plenty of travel options - the airline flies to 65 domestic and global destinations.
Virgin Atlantic once awarded a baby with free flights up to their 21st birthday and British Airways merely offered a baby a free first class ticket on her 18th birthday.
The airline didn't disclose the nationality of the boy born on its flight, but he'll have plenty of travel options in India and beyond.
An airline spokeswoman said, "Jet Airways commends its crew for their response and promptness that saw them successfully translate their training into life-saving action". Other airlines have also experienced similar situations. Reports said that the child was born when the plane was flying over Pakistan.
The airline expressed its gratitude to one Ms. Wilson, the on-board paramedic for her guidance.
Women who are between 33 and 36 weeks pregnant require a medical certificate from their doctor, and women who are between 36 and 38 weeks must be accompanied by a doctor.