MH17 flight code retired

July 21, 2014 - 5:28:30 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines yesterday said it would retire flight code MH17 as a “mark of respect” for the 298 people killed in a jet crash in violence-wracked eastern Ukraine.

The daily Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur service will instead take on the code MH19 from July 25.

“In light of the recent incident, Malaysia Airlines’ Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur service, MH17 flight number will be retired out of respect for our crew and passengers,” the national flag carrier said in a statement.

“There are no changes to the frequency of our services, and we will continue to operate daily services between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur,” the airline added.

The flight code retirement is the second the airline has had to do in four months. It retired flight codes MH370 and MH371 after the March 8 disappearance of Kuala-Lumpur-Beijing flight MH370 with 239 passengers and crew on board.