Woman gives birth to baby onboard IndiGo flight from Delhi to Bengaluru in India

Will they be given free flights for life?
Will they be given free flights for life? Photo credit: IndiGo Airlines

A passenger flying on an IndiGo airlines flight from Delhi to Bengaluru in India was met by more than just the paramedics after giving birth mid-way through the flight - dozens of airport and airline staff were on hand to welcome her too.

The baby, a boy who was born premature, was delivered with the help of cabin crew and passengers and appeared well when the flight landed at its destination.

In photos posted on social media, staff on the ground and airline employees can be seen applauding and welcoming the woman and her baby as she left the aircraft.

IndiGo posted confirmation of the birth on its Linkedin page along with a photo of the flight's captain and a senior member of the airline's staff holding the newborn, but also used the incident to promote their aircraft fleet.

"We are overjoyed to welcome a baby to the world at 30,000 feet in our lean, clean flying machine! Both the mother and baby are doing fine and we send them our best wishes. #LetsIndiGo," the post said.

A report in the Deccan Herald said cabin crew asked if there were any doctors onboard when the woman went into labour. There was and he immediately came to the assistance of the soon-to-be mother and son.

One fellow passenger told media: "As soon as we heard the baby's cries, the plane broke into applause."

"Was on @IndiGo6E 122 flight to BLR, woman gives birth mid-indiair, amazing team work of indigo flight attendants," one tweet said. 

"They set up [sic] a hospital in minutes and the new born cried midair. Dr Shailaja Vallabhani was fortunately on this flight! Thank you god and entire @IndiGo6E crew."

Despite some calls for the baby to be named Indigo, he was given the name Bakshi.

There has been speculation that the airline may give the child free flights for line, however this has not been confirmed.