Jet Airways is awarding a baby born on one of its flights at 35,000 feet Sunday free lifetime airline tickets.
The private Indian airline carrier said the child was born on a flight from Saudi Arabia to India with the help of the crew and a passenger who was a trained nurse, according to BBC News. The mother went into premature labor on the flight and both were taken to a hospital after the flight landed in Mumbai.
NDTV identified the mother as being from the tropical state of Kerala with her child being born over the Arabian Sea. The mother and child were both listed in stable condition after arriving at the hospital, NDTV said.
The plane, which carried 162 passengers, continued to its original designation in Kochi after the mother and infant departed.
The airliner said the child was the first ever born on one of its flights.
The Independent reported that Jet Airways' gift to the new baby was more generous than what other airlines have given babies born on flights. Virgin Atlantic gave one baby free flights until age 21. Cebu Pacific Air last year gave another baby born on one of its flights from Dubai to Manila 1 million frequent flier miles. In another incident, Shona Owen got a complimentary first-class ticket on her 18th birthday after she was born on a British Airways flight from Ghana to London in 1990.
Last year, one mother named her child after the airline, Jet Sar, after her child was born on a Jetstar Asia flight from Singapore to Rangoon, but only received $720 worth of baby supplies from the airline, the Independent noted.
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