A woman gave birth to a baby girl aboard Royal Jordanian’s JFK-bound flight (RJ261) on January 20.
A Royal Jordanian statement said that the 33 year old mother, who was travelling alone, went into labour four hours before landing at New York’s JFK airport, while the aircraft was flying over the Atlantic.
The airline says the captain was about to conduct an emergency landing at a Canadian airport, but the delivery was: “fast and easy,” (but we can’t help thinking that a man probably wrote that part of the press release!) helped by an anaesthetist and a nurse who happened to be on board, and in cooperation with the crew members. Mother and child (weighing 6lb 5oz) were in good health and there was no need to divert the aircraft.
The traveling mother was in her 31st week of pregnancy. RJ rules allow women to travel up to their 36th week of pregnancy if a single child is expected or up to 32 weeks for multiple child pregnancy.
The mother expressed gratitude for the great help she received from the physician, the nurse and the flight attendants, and thanked the RJ staff at JFK station who received her and the baby and transferred them to the hospital as soon as the aircraft landed. In line with common airline practice, Royal Jordanian provides its cabin crew members with special training in first aid and birth deliveries.