Malaysia Airlines to Retire Missing Jet's Flight Number

Image: Woman writes message of support and hope for passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 on banner at Kuala Lumpur International Airport
A woman writes a message of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 on a banner at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 12, 2014. DAMIR SAGOLJ / Reuters

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Malaysia Airlines plans to discontinue the use of two flight codes associated with the missing Flight 370 as a "mark of respect" to the passengers and crew, the airline said Wednesday.

The two numbers — MH370 and MH371 — are used for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and vice versa, according to a statement released by the airline.

The new flight number for the route — MH318 — will take effect March 14, the airline said.

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