Cathay Pacific Had No ‘F’s to Give in Massive Typo on Plane


Cathay Pacific is bringing a newly-painted aircraft “back to the shop” after a huge spelling mistake that would likely cost thousands of dollars.

The Hong Kong-based airline amused netizens when it poked fun at the spelling gaffe on Twitter yesterday.

“Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!”

Image via Twitter / @cathaypacific

The photos, which reportedly emerged from the Hong Kong Aviation Discussion Board Facebook page, show the Boeing 777-367 missing the letter “F” between the two “I”s in the airline’s name.

The result: “Cathay Paciic.”

Image via Twitter / @cathaypacific

An engineer from Haeco, a maintenance company and Cathay Pacific subsidiary, told the South China Morning Post that the error was “too on-point.”

“The spacing is too on-point for a mishap. We have stencils. [There] should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake I think.”

Image via Twitter / @cathaypacific

According to the Guardian, the plane had been flying overnight from Xiamen in the mainland and arrived in Hong Kong early Wednesday.

The titanic typo has Twitter laughing.

However, some think it was unprofessional of the airline.

Still, Cathay Pacific is cool with all the jokes. A spokesperson told CNN Travel:

“We did not intend to make it a big fuss in the first place, but photos went viral within the aviation enthusiastic groups, so we just shared the hilarious moment with everyone.”

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