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The small spelling mistake (Twitter)

Cathay sees funny side of spelling error

An aircraft goes back into the paint shop after a spelling mistake on its side, despite already having been in the air.

Sometimes a massive typo is right in front of your eyes and you can’t see it, CNN writes. This was the case recently for Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific – and it was right between the “I”s.

Someone putting the airline’s livery on one of its Boeing 777s missed out the F in the carrier’s name.

Photos have emerged that show a plane on the ground showing the words CATHAY PACIIC. And showing it has the good humour to be able to laugh at itself, the airline has shared the photos on social media.

It announced on its Twitter account: “Oops, this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!”

Slight suspicion
The images first emerged via the Hong Kong Aviation Discussion Board Facebook group. But it’s not yet clear how the mistake could have happened.

Some are even a little suspicious, with an engineer for Haeco, a Cathay Pacific subsidiary, telling the South China Morning Post: “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.”

But a spokesperson for Cathay Pacific tells CNN Travel: “We did not intend to make it a big fuss in the first place, but the photos went viral within the aviation enthusiastic groups, so we just shared the hilarious moment with everyone.”

The plane had already been in the air, the Guardian newspaper reports, flying overnight to Hong Kong from Xiamen in China. Presumably it was too dark at the time for many people to notice.

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