Cathay Pacific, a Hong-Kong based airline shared a spelling error on social media on Wednesday that showed a misspelling of their name on the side of their Boeing 777-367 aircraft. Eagle-eyed travelers spotted the mistake at Hong Kong International Airport and contacted the airline informing that there was no “F” in the carrier’s name, leaving it spelled on the side of the fuselage as “CATHAY PACIIC.”
The company itself found it funny and in no time admitted the mistake. It shared the photos of the spelling error on their respective Twitter account with the caption – “Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!” the airline shared on Twitter with photos of the spelling flop.
Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!
(Source: HKADB) pic.twitter.com/20SRQpKXET
— Cathay Pacific (@cathaypacific) September 19, 2018
The airline said it was a genuine mistake, although some in the industry said it was inexplicable. Social media users found the error funny while others saw it as a sign of declining standards across the airline industry.
Cathay Pacific was ranked No. 6 in the annual 2018 World Airline Awards published by Skytrax. It has also been steadily increasing their flights to the United States. Seattle became their 8th U.S. destination in July.
Earlier this month, Cathay Pacific launched a new 8,154-mile flight between Hong Kong and Washington Dulles that’s one of the world’s 15 longest airline routes. It’s also the longest route offered from either Washington Dulles or Hong Kong.