Cathay Pacific has sent Twitter into overdrive after it left an F off Pacific on one its Boeing 777-300s spelling its name “CATHAY PACIIC.”
But the airline to its credit made light of the embarrassing mistake.
An engineer from Haeco, a sister company of the airline, told the South China Morning Post the mistake was inexplicable.
“The spacing is too on-point for a mishap. We have stencils. Should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake I think,” the engineer said.
The error has ignited Twitter with many humorous comments.
Another said: “In the age of Trump, just like the rest of us, Cathay Pacific literally has no Fs left to give.
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 777 is now back in the paint shop but Cathay has landed itself with some great publicity.
The extraordinary publicity comes just after the airline donated the first Boeing 777 to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona.
Cathay Pacific and Boeing jointly announced that the historic first B777-200, line number WA001 and registered B-HNL, will fly from Hong Kong to Tucson to join 350 historic aircraft on permanent display.
Boeing first flew the 777-200 aircraft on June 12, 1994, with a test flight of 3 hours and 48 minutes that was the longest first flight for a Boeing aircraft at the time. It was one of nine test aircraft used in the program for several years.