This brings new meaning to the term ‘precious cargo’.

They’re security guards, emergency experts, customer service stars… and cabin crew on a recent Pakistan International Airlines flight can now add midwives to their CV.

Staff stepped in when a female passenger went into labour on a journey from Madinah to Multan on December 12, helping to successfully deliver the baby.

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While no information surrounding the parents has been released, the newborn was described by the airline as a “beautiful baby girl”.

“Miracles happen everyday and we had our little miracle today onboard our flight PK 716 from Madinah to Multan,” PIA posted on its Twitter account.

“We congratulate the proud parents on the new arrival and a big kudos to our cabin crew for their amazing emergency response.”

It’s not known how many weeks’ pregnant the expectant mother was, but according to the PIA website, women cannot travel with the airline if they are more than 27 weeks’ pregnant.

This isn’t the first baby born mid-air in recent months, with a tot given free flights for life after being delivered on a Jet Airways journey between Saudi Arabia and India in June.

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The new mum went into premature labour over the Arabian Sea and, with no doctor on board, was aided in her delivery by a female nurse and cabin crew, the Huffington Post reports.

A traveller also delivered a daughter onboard a Turkish Airlines flight between Istanbul and Burkina Faso in April, while an Emirates trip from Dubai to Paris was diverted to Cyprus in May after a female passenger went into labour.

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Image: PIA/Twitter