Baby born on Jetstar Asia flight named Jet Star
A BABY boy born on a Jetstar plane from Singapore to Myanmar last Friday has been named Saw Jet Star.
He is the first child to be born on a Jetstar Asia flight.
The mother, who declined to be named, was on flight 3K583 with her husband to Yangon when she went into labour unexpectedly, as the plane was landing.
Three doctors happened to be on the flight and helped her with the birth when called on by the crew.
A boy weighing six pounds and seven ounces (2.9kg) was born to "a round of applause from other passengers on the plane", a Jetstar spokesman told My Paper yesterday.
Part of the mother's name is Star so she decided to name her son Saw Jet Star because of "the care she received from the airline".
The low-cost carrier offered the family $1,000 worth of baby supplies as congratulations.
Jetstar Asia posted a photo of the child on its Facebook page, which has drawn more than 1,500 likes.
Facebook user Khaing Zin Thaw wrote: "Adorable baby, you are the most popular and luckiest person."
Some commenters asked how such a heavily pregnant woman could be allowed on board.
A Jetstar Asia spokesman shared with My Paper that expecting mothers on its flights can travel up to the end of the 40th week of their pregnancy for flights under four hours.
But they must provide medical clearance of their fitness to fly.
Praising the crew led by customer service manager Saw Ler Htu, the spokesman said: "We're proud of the way (our crew) assisted with the help of generous doctors onboard to ensure the safe delivery of our youngest-ever passenger on a Jetstar Asia flight."