An airline found a way to increase its name recognition recently when it misspelled their own name on the side of their plane.
Photos have emerged that appear to show a plane on the ground at Hong Kong International Airport, proudly emblazoned with the words “CATHAY PACIIC.”
Cathay Pacific shared the photos on social media, announcing on its Twitter account: “Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!”
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.”
The photos surfaced via the Hong Kong Aviation Discussion Board Facebook group, but it’s still not clear just how such an epic mix-up could have happened — and some are a little suspicious.
Twitter users were quick to celebrate the typo.
“No F’s were given that day,” quipped Aghiad Haloul, while Frank L asked if “CATHAY PACFFC” was on the other side of the fuselage.
Another commenter said: “If an airline is going to make a mistake, let it always be on the paint job.”
While a full report of this mysterious incident is not yet available, Cathay Pacific told CNN Travel, “We are not having many chances to have such ‘limited edition,’ right?”