Cathay Pacific spells its own name wrong on side of plane

Cathay Pacific's livery boo-boo

A major airline had to send a plane "back to the shop" after spelling its own name wrong.

The Hong Kong-based airline accidentally had "Cathay Paciic" painted on the side of the jet.

Netizens chose to see the amusing side, however.

The image had been posted on the Hong Kong Aviation Discussion Board, a Facebook group for plane spotters.

In an industry where small mistakes can lead to big problems, Cathay's social media team posted the mistake on line, saying: "Oops this special livery won't last long!"

Airline officials quickly admitted to the mistake with good humour.

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A Cathay Pacific spokesperson told CNN Travel that the company did not intend to make a fuss over the mistake until photos emerged.

"Should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake, I think". "She's going back to the shop!" it read.

The plane had been flying overnight from Xiamen in China, where Haeco carries out maintenance for the airline.

Twitter users were quick to savor this most titanic of typos.

"No f's were given that day", said another user.

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