Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Airlines said on Thursday it would no longer use the flight codes MH370 and MH371 “as a mark of respect” to the 239 people on board its missing Beijing-bound passenger jet. The Kuala Lumpur-Beijing service — formerly MH370 — will now take on the code MH318, while the return route will switch from MH371 to MH319. “As a mark of respect to the passengers and crew of MH370 on 8 March 2014, the MH370 and MH371 flight codes will be retired,” the national carrier said in a statement.  The airline said the changes would take effect from Friday.

“There are no changes to the frequency of our services, and we will continue to operate double daily services to Beijing,” the airline added. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of our colleagues and passengers of MH370.”

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