A lucky baby will fly free for life with Cebu Pacific Air after birth on the plane en route from Dubai to Philippines.
The cabin crew, along with two registered nurses who were also passengers on the flight, assisted with the delivery in the Airbus A330-300’s kitchen.
The pilot, Captain Ralph Prado, diverted the flight to Rajiv Gandhi International in Hyderabad, India, to ensure the mother and baby received medical assistance.
Assistance in India
The airline said both mother and baby, who was born premature at 32 weeks, are being assisted by the airline’s Customer Care team.
“We are happy that both mother and daughter are doing well, and would like to commend our flight and cabin crew for handling the situation with utmost professionalism and efficiency. We also express our sincerest gratitude to the two volunteer nurses who helped ensure the baby’s safe delivery,” Gokongwei stated on the company’s website.
GetGo, the carrier’s rewards, gives card bearers 1 point for every Php5 (or about 9 points per US dollar) of purchase.
Members’ perks include earning points when they fly with Cebu Pacific, while rewards include free trips. Members may use points on fares, add-ons and purchases in select retail and food outlets.
As such, baby Haven and her family members enrolled in GetGo’s “sharing circle” may book for as low as 100 points for one-way domestic flights during seat sales.
Cebu Pacific, founded in 1996, has revolutionised the Philippines’ civil aviation industry, overtaking legacy carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), Asia’s oldest airline.
Cebu Pacific today has over 100 domestic routes and 30 international destinations spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East and the US.
Baby Haven’s points have no expiry, and may be shared with her family, the airline said.