(CNN) — On January 19, an Emirates flight from Tokyo Narita to Dubai International went down with an additional passenger on board after a passenger gave birth in mid-air.
The airline confirmed to CNN that the newcomer made his appearance on the 12-hour overnight flight EK 319, which landed on schedule despite the medical emergency.
The passenger and the baby were assisted by Emirates cabin crew, all of whom receive medical response training to handle situations such as childbirth or a heart attack.
Emiratis told CNN that the parents and infant were in stable condition and were met by local medical staff on arrival in Dubai. The health and safety of our staff and passengers is of the utmost importance.
Births are relatively rare on cruise ships. Emirates’ policy when it comes to pregnant passengers is similar to many other commercial airlines: passengers can fly up to the seventh month of their pregnancy as long as they have no medical complications or concerns.
Passengers who are 29 weeks pregnant or more need to bring a medical certificate or a letter signed by their doctor or midwife, and anyone after the 32nd week of a multiple pregnancy or the 36th week of a single pregnancy. Flying is not allowed.
Top image: An Airbus A380 operated by Emirates Taxis passes by the terminal at Dubai International Airport in March 2020. (Christopher Pike/Bloomberg via Getty Images)