A Boeing 737 flight, which had 162 passengers on board from Damman in Saudi Arabia and Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala was diverted to Mumbai on Sunday.

The commercial flight was flying at 35,000 feet when an unnamed woman, in her 20s, went into premature labour.

"The guest delivered a baby boy at 35,000 feet," Jet Airways said in a statement, adding that a paramedic on board and airline staff helped with the delivery.

The woman and her newborn were later rushed to the Holy Spirit hospital near the Mumbai airport, where an official told AFP on Monday that both the mother and baby boy were doing well.

The woman was believed to have been around 32 weeks pregnant when she gave birth.

Jet Airways said it was the first time a baby had been born on one of its flights and it has given him free travel for life on the airline.