Baby Born On Nigeran Repatriation Flight Operated By Emirates

An Emirates Boeing 777 was forced to divert back to its Dubai, where it originated. The flight repatriating…

Baby Born On Nigeran Repatriation Flight Operated By Emirates

An Emirates Boeing 777 was forced to divert back to its Dubai, where it originated. The flight repatriating Nigerians to Lagos was caught up in a medical emergency when a passenger gave birth on board the flight.

A baby boy was born on an Emirates flight bound for Nigeria earlier today. Photo: Getty Images

Now and again, a baby is born on a flight, although it remains a relatively rare occurrence. We last reported on an in-flight birth in February when a baby boy was born on a Qatar Airways Boeing 777 flight. It seems as though another baby has been born on a Boeing 777 flight from the middle east, however. The event took place on a repatriation flight to Lagos.

Flight EK783

Before the current situation, flight EK783 was a daily Emirates Boeing 777 flight from Dubai to Lagos in Nigeria. The trip last operated regularly on the 22nd of March, over a month ago. However, today the flight was due to run as a one-off. The purpose? To repatriate Nigerian citizens to Lagos.

The flight initially departed from Dubai at 10:55 local time this morning. However, it was back on the ground just 33 minutes later at 11:28. Shortly after takeoff, one of the passengers onboard the flight went into labor. The Nigerian publication Vanguard states that she gave birth to a boy, and is now being cared for in a Dubai Hospital.

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The flight touched back down in Dubai around 30 minutes after departure. Photo:

The Nigerian Tribune reports that Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, commented:

“One of the passengers, a lady had a baby on the flight, or went into labour on the flight. So, the plane had to turn back. But I am happy to say that mother and child are doing very well. They are in hospital and the [lagos] arrival time has been rescheduled to 7.00 p.m.”

Replacement aircraft

The aircraft in question, A6-EPM, has remained in Dubai since the baby was born. However, the majority of passengers were moved into a replacement Boeing 777 aircraft, A6-EGO. The plane took off at 15:09, around four and a quarter hours after the original departure.

It seems as though the replacement flight was less eventful as it arrived in Lagos at 19:29, seven hours and twenty minutes following its Dubai Departure.

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A replacement 777 was used to complete the trip to Lagos. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

What happens when a baby is born on a flight?

According to The Points Guy, most of the time, children born in flight will be given their parent’s nationalities. However, there are a few exceptions, such as being born in US airspace. Just Landed states that:

“Children of foreigners born in Dubai don’t have rights of local citizenship and automatically assume the nationality of the parents.”

As such, one would imagine that the baby gets the citizen of its parents in this case.

In some cases, babies born on flights are given free flights, perhaps for life, or until they turn 18. This provides a nice little PR boost for airlines. However, such policies aren’t advertised by airlines. They, understandably, don’t want to encourage births on flights.

What do you make of the events on today’s Emirates flight to Lagos? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Argentina Merges Aerolineas & Austral Into One Airline

This week, the Argentinian government announced the fusion of State carriers Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral. Previously, both airlines…

Argentina Merges Aerolineas & Austral Into One Airline

This week, the Argentinian government announced the fusion of State carriers Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral. Previously, both airlines belonged to the same group, and their fusion could be a done deal by the end of the year. But not everybody is happy. Let’s investigate further. 

Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral will merge into one airline. Photo: Getty Images.

What does this mean for both airlines?

Pablo Ceriani, president of Grupo Aerolíneas, said that the fusion would bring a more significant operative efficiency to both carriers. As well, the new airline will have a more thorough growth and will save millions of dollars while opening new markets. 

With both airlines under one brand, Grupo Aerolíneas expect savings of up to almost US$30 million and direct earnings of US$42 million said Argentinian news agency, 

Ceriani added that there’s no sense in having a duplication of structures. Aerolíneas Argentinas has a fleet of 54 aircraft composed of  and 44 Boeing 737. Meanwhile, Austral has a fleet of 26 Embraer ERJ-190. 

As of May 2020, Aerolíneas Argentinas served 37 domestic destinations and 24 international destinations in 16 countries. Austral mainly has domestic destinations, although it does connect with some neighboring countries such as Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile. 

In reality, both airlines are already intertwined. They work on the same route map and share some destinations with Austral operating the low seasons. So, at first glance, there shouldn’t be much difference if both airlines become one. Nevertheless, some people are not happy.

Austral pilots are not happy with the merger. Photo: Edgardo Gimenez Mazó via Wikimedia Commons.

Austral pilots raised their voices

After the news broke, the pilots of Austral raised their voices in unconformity against the decision made. The Pilot Union of Austral (UALA) declared itself in a “state of alert.” 

UALA added, 

“Under fallacious and unsustainable arguments of savings and productivity, the Grupo Aerolíneas administration wants to sacrifice a capitalized airline with market potential.” 

Austral Líneas Aéreas has been flying for over 60 years, and the union believes it is a part of the solution rather than a problem. .

“The Grupo Aerolíneas requires a Plan with political consensus and under a scheme of federal support. We don’t need an improvised plan which will result in a costly and fallacious makeup,” Austral added. 

The Argentinian newspapers also are not too happy about the fusion. They point out that mixing both airlines will create little economic savings. Aerolíneas Argentinas currently has 11,900 employees and a yearly wage cost of over US$50 million. said that the airline had received approximately US$450 million from the Argentinian government this year. 

Aerolíneas Argentinas
Aerolíneas Argentinas plans to set up a cargo division. Photo: Edgardo Giménez Mazó via Wikimedia Commons.

What else is Argentina proposing?

As we know, Argentina is currently the only country in the world to have . Different organizations worldwide . Meanwhile, Aerolíneas Argentinas has maintained a small repatriation operation and some cargo flights. 

Pablo Ceriani announced that the airline will launch two new businesses after the crisis. On the one hand, it will create a cargo operation based on the experience of its flights to Shanghai. Additionally, Aerolíneas Argentinas will launch an MRO service for other airlines. 

“It is necessary to operate with maximum efficiency. We’ve managed to do it in some areas, but we keep inefficiencies in others. We have dragged some problems for so many years,” the airline said in a statement. The carrier also said that those companies that can’t adapt to the current state of affairs would disappear. “Surely, this could be the destiny of Aerolíneas Argentinas if we are not up to the task,” it ended.

What do you think of Aerolíneas’ merger? Let us know in the comments. 

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