Replacing Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: A Closer Look Into The Journey Of Flight MH318 [PHOTOS]

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on March 17 2014 3:36 PM
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Despite several days of searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the fate of the Boeing 777-200, which dropped off air traffic control radar in the early hours of March 8, is still unknown.

Even with a multi-national team searching for the missing Flight MH370 and crowd sourced attempts to locate the missing Flight MH370, which was previously assumed to have crashed, little progress has been made in the investigation over the days following its initial disappearance.

While no solid conclusions have been made over the disappearance of Flight MH370, investigators along with search teams have moved their hunt westward from their the South China sea, the original area where Flight MH370 was believed to have gone down. Currently, investigators and search and rescue teams have shifted their attention towards the Indian Ocean and parts of Central Asia.

In the meantime Malaysia Airlines has retired the missing airliner’s flight number in respect for the missing 227 passengers and 12 crew members. As investigators continue to look into the disappearance of the missing Flight MH370, Malaysia Airlines has since replaced the flight number of the missing airliner with Flight MH318, which has taken over the flight route between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Beijing, China.

Take a closer look into the journey of the passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH318, which currently replaces Flight MH370 in the photos below.

Malaysia Flight MH318 Gate

Malaysia Airlines flight number MH318 replaces the flight number of the missing airplane, MH370, that was retired as a mark of respect to the passengers and crew while the flight route remains unchanged. Reuters/Edgar Su

Malaysia MH318 departures

Passengers queue up outside the boarding gate of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 to Beijing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at approximately 11:50pm March 16, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

Malaysia MH318 Passenger Queue

Passengers queue for a security screening before boarding the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 to Beijing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport just before midnight March 16, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

MH318 Chinese passenger

A Chinese passenger uses his mobile phone as he queues for a security screening before boarding the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 to Beijing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport just after midnight March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

malaysia mh318 security screening

Passengers go through a security screening as they prepare to board the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 to Beijing at the boarding gate at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at approximately 12:10am March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

MH318 Malaysia tarmac

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 to Beijing sits on the tarmac as passengers are reflected on the glass at the boarding gate at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at approximately 12:20am March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

MH318 Malaysia Passenger Boards

Passengers prepare to board the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 to Beijing at the boarding gate at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:20am March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

Malaysia MH318 Passengers board

Passengers board the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 to Beijing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at approximately 12:25am March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

Malaysia mh318 headcount

A Malaysia Airlines cabin crew member takes a headcount onboard their Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 before take off on route to Beijing at approximately 12:40am March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

Malaysia MH318 empty seat

Passengers rest in their seats onboard Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 shortly after take off on route to Beijing March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

MH318 Malaysia Snack

Passengers rest in their seats as a cabin crew member serves snacks onboard Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 shortly after take off on route to Beijing at approximately 1:15am March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

Malaysia MH318 Passengers Wide Shot

Passengers remain in their seats onboard Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 as it cruises towards Beijing over the South China Sea, at approximately 1:30am, March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

Malaysia MH318 map screen

A screen on board Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 shows the plane's flight path as it cruises over the South China Sea from Kuala Lumpur towards Beijing, at approximately the same point when on March 8 flight MH370 lost contact with air traffic controllers, at approximately 1.30am March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

MH318 Malaysia Map Zoom

A screen on board Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 shows the plane's flight path as it cruises over the South China Sea from Kuala Lumpur towards Beijing, at approximately the same point when on March 8 flight MH370 lost contact with air traffic controllers, at approximately 1.30am March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

Malaysia MH318 screen

A screen on board Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 shows a welcome message shortly after take off on route to Beijing at approximately 12:50 am March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

MH318 Passenger Sudoku Malaysia

A passenger, John Gardner of Australia (L), focuses on his Sudoku puzzle, as other passengers sleep onboard Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 as it cruises towards Beijing March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

Malaysia MH318 sudoku

A passenger, John Gardner of Australia, focuses on his Sudoku puzzle, as other passengers sleep onboard Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 as it cruises towards Beijing March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

Malaysia MH318 breakfast

Cabin crew prepare to serve breakfast onboard Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 as it cruises towards Beijing at approximately 4:10am March 17, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

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