HELSINKI - Would you board a flight taking on the number 666?
How about if the flight was numbered 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th?
Well passengers in Copenhagen will take to the air today with a destination HEL, which is the airport code for Helsinki.
The daily flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki falls on Friday the 13th twice in 2013. Friday the 13th of course is considered a bad luck date and in many countries the number 666 has negative associations.
Airlines such as Scandinavian Air take these fears seriously by eliminating row 13 and skipping flight numbers such as 666.
"Less than 100 years ago, the number 13 did not have this sinister meaning; it's quite recent in the north," said Ulo Valk, professor of comparative folklore at the University of Tartu in Estonia.
Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto, who will fly the flight from Copenhagen to Helsinki, says "it has been quite a joke among the pilots.