A baby girl is the recipient of one million airline miles after she was unexpectedly born halfway through a flight from Dubai to Manila.
The Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific said the baby, named Haven, is the first baby to ever be born on one of its aircrafts. Haven was born 5 weeks early after her mother went into labor just four hours after the flight departed from Dubai last Sunday.
Along with two passengers who were registered nurses, the Cebu cabin crew assisted with the birth.
In celebration, Cebu awarded Haven with one million “GetGo” points, which are part of the airlines’ reward program. The points will never expire and can be shared with her family, the airline said.
“To celebrate this momentous occasion in the life of one of our passengers, Cebu awards baby Haven one million GetGo points, which she can use to fly with us for free,” said Lance Gokongwei, Cebu President and CEO.
Although Haven’s mother returned to her seat shortly after giving birth, the flight was diverted to Hyderabad, India so Haven and her mother could receive medical assistance.
A bystander on the flight documented the experience via Facebook. She wrote that the original nine-hour flight doubled to 18 after stopping in Hyderabad, but that she did not mind the delay.
“It only happens in movies, and we’re lucky to witness this miracle,” Missy Berberabe Umandal wrote in a Facebook post.
The airline reports that both Haven and her mother are doing well.