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Flight 666 Flies to HEL on Friday the 13th

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
Nellie Chapman | 13 October, 2017, 19:25

A Finnair flight that took off Friday morning might give pause to the superstitious: Flight 666 to "HEL" on Friday the 13th.

Twenty-one times over the past 11 years, Finnair flights numbered 666 have departed for Finland's Helsinki-Vantaa airport, whose airport code is HEL, on a Friday the 13th.

This means today was the last chance for travellers with no fear to step aboard the infamous plane ride.

'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 airline declined to comment on whether the change had been made with concerned or superstitious passengers in mind.

It is the last time Finnair will use the flight number - which is as the "number of the beast" is associated with the Devil.

Pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto previously told RT: "It has been quite a joke among the pilots".

It will depart from Denmark at 1.20pm and is scheduled to arrive shortly before 4pm. Paraskevidekatriaphobia is another term for the fear of "Friday the 13th".

'If there's some passenger who is anxious about this 666, our cabin crew is always happy to help them'. The flight has fallen on Friday 13th 21 times throughout its operational history, with no reported ill effects. If you're scared of the number 666, you may have hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.