Almost two years after one of its Boeing 777s went missing, Malaysia Airlines is grounding its remaining fleet of the aircraft – and cancelling the route on which one of the planes was shot down.
The Malaysian carrier’s last 777 operation is scheduled to take off from Amsterdam just before noon, local time, today. It ends 19 years of flying the twin-jet – and four decades of the route between the airline’s hub, Kuala Lumpur, and the Dutch capital.
At about the same time, another Malaysia Airlines 777 is due to arrive at Kuala Lumpur from Guangzhou in China. While that route will continue, the plane is being downsized to a Boeing 737-800 – a predominantly short-haul jet with about half the capacity.
The move comes as Malaysia Airlines seeks to move on after the two tragedies involving the 777 in 2014. On 8 March, flight MH370 vanished while on a scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Analysis of satellite data showed that the plane was probably flown to the southern Indian Ocean.