It’s not every day you see an airline spell their own name wrong. And you especially don’t expect it the misspelled name to be emblazoned on the side of an aircraft. However, that’s exactly what happened with Cathay Pacific, or should we say Cathay Paciic?
Internet Wonders “WTF?”
The Hong-Kong based airline had a major typo on the livery of one of their Boeing 777-367s. Wednesday morning, photos emerged showing the plane which read “CATHAY PACIIC” on its side.
Because of the nature of the mistake, it had many people asking, “WTF?” Or, rather, “Where’s the F?”
The blatant typo also became the basis for several “no Fs given” wisecracks. Though not everyone on social media thought it was funny.
“I’m not sure why this is not funny to me. I fly Cathay and to me this just shows a breakdown in quality,” wrote Twitter user Mike Cooper, for instance.
The airline owned their mistake, however, tweeting photos of the plane from their official account.
“Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!” they wrote on the post.
A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific 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.”
Without a full report available, they also added, “We are not having many chances to have such ‘limited edition,’ right?”
The Guardian reported that the plane was in use and had recently flown from Xiamen, China to Hong Kong.
Was it Deliberate?
Images of the plane initially surfaced on the Hong Kong Aviation Discussion Board Facebook group. While it’s not clear how the ridiculously obvious mistake could have happened, some users think it’s rather suspicious.
“The spacing is too on-point for a mishap. We have stencils,” explained an engineer for the Cathay Pacific subsidiary Haeco, speaking to the South China Morning Post. “Should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake I think.”
Whatever happened, it certainly caught the attention of the Twitterverse.