Baby born mid-flight will have plane named after him

Photo: Twitter/@YQRamos
Photo: Twitter/@YQRamos 

A baby boy has been delivered mid-flight in the US, coincidentally on a plane named "Born To Be Blue".

The drama happened on JetBlue's flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

According to NBC Miami, the crew and onboard medical professionals helped deliver JetBlue's "youngest customer to date".

Emergency services met the flight.

JetBlue has now offered to rename the plane in honour of the newborn, subject to the mother's approval.

"We'd like to thank the crew and medical professionals on board for their quick action under pressure, and wish the new mother and son all the best," said a JetBlue spokesperson.

The airline has also promised there were "more baby shower gifts to come", which could mean free flights for years.

A baby boy born on a plane between Saudi Arabia and India in June 2017 was promised free flights for life by Indian airline Jet Airways.

Flight 9W 569 was forced to divert to Mumbai after a woman went into premature labour on what would have been a five-hour flight. The airline's crew, who are trained to deliver babies, and a paramedic on the flight assisted with the birth. 

It used to be assumed that any baby born mid-air would be be gifted free flights for life by the airline, but in reality it is actually rare.