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Would you board Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th?

13 October 2017, 07:25 | Kelvin Horton

A handout released by Airbus showing a computer rendering of a Finnair A350XWB

A handout released by Airbus showing a computer rendering of a Finnair A350XWB

There's bound to be a few nervous fliers on board and their state of mind won't be helped by the fact that the number of the flight is 666 and that their destination is HEL, short, of course for Helsinki.

For the most superstitious among us, Friday 13 is a day to be avoided.

Since 2006, Nordic airline Finnair has been flying courageous passengers from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Helsinki, Finland, on Friday the 13th.

A spokesperson for the company said: "Today will be the final time that our AY666 flight flies to HEL".

But the flight, from Copenhagen in Denmark, arrived ahead of schedule in Helsinki, at 3.47pm local time.

Sadly, per Finnair, such a trip won't happen again because the airline's flight data is being reordered at the end of the month, and the flight will be renumbered as 954.


But the airline is changing some of its flight numbers meaning this is the last time flight FY666 will depart on the "unlucky" day.

'In 11 years, we've flown 21 times the AY666 flight to HEL on Friday the 13.

Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto said: "It has been quite a joke among the pilots. It's only a coincidence for me".

The fear of "Friday the 13th" is called friggatriskaidekaphobia.

Finnair insists it isn't scrapping the spooky number because of fears from superstitious customers.



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