Friday the 13th: Flight 666 makes it safely to HEL

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

Simon Barrette, communications manager at Finnair, told McClatchy that Friday's trip would be the last go-round for flight 666 to HEL, as the company is switching around some flight numbers later this month.

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

"As of October 29, some of our flight numbers in our network will change and our AY666 flight from Copenhagen to Helsinki will change to AY954".

The plane landed safely at Helsinki airport (code HEL) at 15:55, but not before it had become a viral sensation.




The fearful flight will take its final bow at the 13th hour on this Friday the 13th.

Helsinki Airport also confirmed the arrival and pointed out another interesting piece of information.

Perhaps this was why the internet was pleased to have discovered a Helsinki-bound plane with the flight number 666 - the infamous Number of the Beast described in the New Testament's Book of Revelations - departing on the purported unlucky day.

But for flying professionals, the flight with the bravest passengers in the sky is just another day at the office. Pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto said, "It has been quite a joke among the pilots". Most avoid the number 666 out of irrational fear and superstition or completely embrace it like metal group Iron Maiden.

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