Passenger planes are normally relegated to the hangar for inspections, repairs, and upgrades, but rarely for a lousy paint job. Cathay Pacific, unfortunately, had to get another coating on its fuselage when it turned out the folks responsible for painting the exterior had a problem with spelling.
The Boeing 777-367 plane, still shining with its new coat after being rolled out onto the tarmac in Hong Kong, was spotted with a letter was missing in the word "Pacific " on the right side of the plane. Fortunately, the design was perfectly spelled on the other side.
Cathay Pacific might have been initially embarrassed over the incident, but instead tried to make light of the blunder and used some humor to reassure customers who caught the gaffe on Twitter that they were right on top of the issue.
"Oops this special livery won't last long!," read the post. "She's going back to the shop!"
The typo is already all the rage across the aviation industry but wasn't quite viral to the rest of the social media world by the time the piece hit the press, as less than 3,000 people has seen it merely a couple hours after the post. But with more than 2,000 viewers talking about it, chances are it's gonna hit the Twittersphere in a big way.
Meanwhile, the Cathay Pacific brass was huddling over how the mistake occurred. One engineer working for Cathay Pacific subsidiary Haeco, which is responsible for maintenance of the fleet, argued that the letters were on stencils and that the spacing between characters would have been far too "on-point" to allow for that foul-up. There have also been inferences that the paint job might have been rushed, since the paint job took place early Wednesday morning after the plane completed an overnight run from Xiamen, China.
But while a lot of folks on Twitter saw the humor in the error, others expressed dismay. One tweet from someone who frequently flew with Cathay wonder whether such an oversight would manifest itself in the rest of the airline's service and could even jeopardize passenger safety.
However, a few others assumed the person responsible for applying the typography really didn't give an "F" about the job.