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Did you take the unluckiest flight? Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th

September 13, 2013

Finnair-FINFinnish Air AY666 to Helsinki (airport code HEL) is usually a full flight on Friday the 13th from Copenhagen. In fact they fly twice on that day instead of the usual daily flight.

The daily flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki falls on Friday the 13th twice in 2013. Friday the 13th is considered bad luck in many countries and the number 666 also has strong negative biblical associations. There are 12 hours, 12 months and in Christianity 12 apostles and this is a divine number. Add one more and it brings in a certain element of chaos.

Some airlines, such as Scandinavian Airlines, take such fears seriously and do not have a row 13 on board. However, the negative connotations are a relatively new phenomenon for northern Europeans, and Finnair and other regional carriers such as Norwegian and Estonian Air keep row 13.

Passengers on flight 666 to HEL should have a calm flight over the Baltic at this time of year. “It’s hopefully smooth skies,” said Keidasto. “And if there’s some passenger who is anxious about this 666, our cabin crew is always happy to help them.” The flight later landed safely.

The Guardian – Friday 13th travellers take chance on flight 666 to HEL



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