Baby born on board Jet Airways flight given free lifetime tickets

Jet Airways has offered free lifetime tickets to a baby born on board one of its international flights from Saudi Arabia to India.

The baby was born Sunday 18th June after his mother suddenly went into premature labour when a Jet Airways' flight flying from Saudi city of Dammam to the southern Indian city of Kochi, was over the Arabian Sea at a height of 35,000 feet.

The flight crew assisted the delivery of the baby along with an Indian nurse travelling to Kerala. The flight was then diverted to Mumbai, instead of Kochi, where both the mother and the baby boy were rushed to a hospital.

"Jet Airways commends its crew for their response and promptness that saw them successfully translate their training into life saving action," the airline said in a statement.

The airline also said that it was the first time "a baby was born in-flight for the airline" and that the child would get a free lifetime pass for any travel on the carrier.

Other airlines have also experienced similar situations. The cabin crew on a Turkish Airlines flight celebrated the arrival of an extra passenger at 42,000 feet (12,800 metres) when a woman gave birth to a baby girl in April this year.