Passengers Board Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th, for Last Time
Is this your worst nightmare? Only for the superstitious.
Brave airline flyers boarded flight number 666 to HEL, (the code for Helsinki Airport in the capital of Finland) today on Friday, Oct. 13—for the last time.
While most would probably avoid this flight, Finnair, the largest airline in Finland has been flying fearless passengers from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Helsinki, Finland, on Friday the 13th since 2006, the Telegraph reported.
But today will be the last time that Flight 666 will fly to HEL, as the airline has decided to retire the flight number, about 11 years after it started.
“Today will actually be the final time that our AY666 flight flies to HEL,” a representative for the airline said, the Telegraph reported.
The airline retweeted the path from Flightradar24 that confirmed the plane from Copenhagen to Helsinki had landed safely.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) October 13, 2017
According to Flightradar24’s official website, it is a global flight tracking service that provides real-time data on thousands of aircraft around the world.
Finnair said in a statement AY666 flight’s number will be changed to AY954. The airline said that in the past 11 years it had flown AY666 to HEL 21 times on Friday the 13th, tweeting, “Farewell to Finnair AY666.”
— Finnair (@Finnair) October 13, 2017
Helsinki Airport also confirmed the arrival and pointed out another interesting piece of information.
“#AY666 arrived in HEL! Luckily we managed to get the gate arrival in the end, and as we do things double-well here, the gate is 13+13=26!” the airport tweeted.
#AY666 arrived in HEL! Luckily we managed to get the gate arrival in the end, and as we do things double-well here, the gate is 13+13=26!
— Helsinki Airport (@HelsinkiAirport) October 13, 2017
Veteran pilot for the airline Juha-Pekka Keidasto told the Telegraph previously that he was not scared about flying on Friday the 13th.
“It has been quite a joke among the pilots,” he told the newspaper in the past.
“I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only a coincidence for me,” he added. “If there’s some passenger who is anxious about this 666, our cabin crew is always happy to help them.”
According to the Telegraph, Friday the 13th is considered unlucky because of its biblical origins, it has also been linked to the Knights Templar.
One the same day, the chief product officer at Flightradar posted a photo of the flight itinerary. “Oh, no! I won’t make it in time for flight 666 to HEL” he joked in an Oct. 13 Twitter post.
— Mike (@FR24mike) October 13, 2017