Woman gives birth on flight, baby named after airline

Canberra, April 28 (IANS) A woman who unexpectedly gave birth on a Jetstar flight has named her son after the airline, in a tribute to the flight attendants who helped deliver the child.

Jetstar, a subsidiary of Australia’s national airline Qantas, allows pregnant women to fly up until the end of their 40th week of the pregnancy for flights shorter than four hours, reports Xinhua.

But passengers were surprised when a woman went into labour midway through the flight.

On Thursday, Australia’s Fairfax Media reported the woman gave birth during the flight from Singapore to Myanmar with the help of the crew and three doctors on board the flight.

As a way of thanks, the woman named her child Saw Jet Star.

The airline took to social media to announce the news overnight and praised the crew for their quick thinking, which helped “ensure the safe delivery of our youngest ever passengers on a flight”.

“The happy arrival of baby Jet Star was met with a round of applause from other passengers on the plane, so we’re sure it’s not a moment they’ll ever forget either,” the statement said.

“The baby boy weighed six pounds, seven ounces and is the first baby to be delivered on a Jetstar Asia flight.”

The airline said it would contribute $750 worth of baby supplies to the family.

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