Kuala Lumpur, March 14- Six days after finding no trace of flight MH370, Malaysian Airlines said on Thursday that it was retiring the flight codes MH370 and MH371 “as a mark of respect” to the 239 people who were on board the Beijing-bound plane when it went missing.
The Kuala Lumpur-Beijing service will now be known with the take on code MH318 and the return route would 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,” it added.
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of our colleagues and passengers of MH370.”
The search for the missing airliner has now been widened to nearly 27,000 nautical miles (more than 90,000 square kilometres).