Flight 666 To HEL On Friday The 13th: Is The Flight Safe?
Courageous travelers boarded Finnair Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th. This spooky flight was going to Helsinki (HEL) from Copenhagen Terminal 2. As most people believed, Friday the 13th is the unluckiest day, with many dreading the most horrifying incidents that could happen. The number 666, on the other hand, is the number of the "beast" according to King James Version of the Book of Revelation. Amid these factors, people were more than interested to know if Finnair Flight 666 to HEL had safely arrived at HEL.
Finavia, which operated Finlands 21 airports, confirmed that the spooky flight landed eight minutes ahead of the schedule. Finnair had also tweeted that the flight was safe and sound and had, in fact, reached its destination in a fair weather condition. October 13, 2017, however, was the last for Flight 666 to HEL. The flight number would be changed after 11 years of flying, the airlines confirmed.
According to the airlines' Twitter account, the 666 flight from Copenhagen to Helsinki will be changed to AY94 starting October 29. Asked by one netizen if it was changed due to superstition, the airlines clarified that this was not the reason. The airlines further elaborated that if they are reorganizing the flight numbers to make room for additional flight numbers to be used.
The widespread superstitious about 666 may not have an impact on travelers' decision to travel, researchers showed, however, that passengers were actually hesitant to fly during Friday the 13th. As noted by The Telegraph, several studies found that airlines were more likely to offer discounted flights for the said dates due to a small number of passengers willing to fly. Kayak.co.uk, for one, found that the cost of flying on January 13 on a Friday was 5% cheaper than any other day of the month. Momondo also found that many flights were 16% cheaper during Friday the 13th. On the other hand, the Aviation Safety Network, in 2013, found that there was only 0.067% chance of crashes on a Friday the 13th while there was an average of 0.091% chances for fatal aircraft crashes on any other given day.
— Finnair (@Finnair) October 13, 2017