Fearless 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.
Finnair has chosen to retire the official flight number, AY666, for the past 11 years, AY666 has flown to HEL 21 times on Friday the 13th, a spokesperson for the airline said to The Telegraph. On Oct. 29, AY666 will become AY954.
As for Finnair, they're saying so long to 666 with a wink, and a clever invitation to join another flight - this one from Singapore to Helsinki.
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. Getting in on the fun, the Helsinki Airport later responded to a second Flightradar24 tweet asking the airport if the plane would be landing at Gate 13. I'm not a superstitious man. The flight number will not, however, be 666. Since black metal music is huge in that part of the world, the brutal flight has probably prompted more bragging rights than nervous glances among its passengers.
Why is Friday the 13th a thing?
Most recently, it sent Flight 666 from CPH to HEL on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.