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Malaysia Airlines to Retire MH17 Flight Number

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(KUALA LUMPUR) -- Malaysia Airlines announced on Sunday that it would retire the flight number MH17 after the flight was tragically shot down over eastern Ukraine last week.

In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said the decision was made "out of respect for our crew and passengers of the mentioned flight code." The change will take effect on Friday, July 25.

The airline insists that there will be no changes to the route aside from the flight number, with the same flight frequency between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur. The route will take on a new flight number, MH19, on Friday.

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