Flight 666 takes final Friday the 13th flight to 'HEL'

Projected flightpath of the journey dubbed'flight 666 to hell ahead of takeoff this afternoon

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.

Some people would avoid flying altogether on Friday the 13th.

It is spooky coincidence that the final flight fell on a day traditionally associated with bad luck.

The airline said the perceived unluckiness of the date, combined with the number 666 and the "HEL" destination, has not appeared to have any affect on passenger numbers for flights.

The route has been regularly flown for some 11 years - though after today the airline is changing the numbers so it will no longer be known as the AY666.

It will depart from Denmark at 1.20pm and is scheduled to arrive shortly before 4pm.

Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto said: "It has been quite a joke among the pilots". I'm not a superstitious man. Paraskevidekatriaphobia is another term for the fear of "Friday the 13th". "It's only a coincidence for me".

The flight has landed on Friday 13 a total of 21 times. It is called the "number of the Beast" in Chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation in the New Testament of the Bible.

Finnair insists it isn't scrapping the spooky number because of fears from superstitious customers.

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