Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 25 April 2019

Cathay Pacific has trouble spelling its own name on new aircraft

The gaffe was eventually spotted on the plane's new livery at Hong Kong International Airport

How the Cathay livery should have looked. Bloomberg
How the Cathay livery should have looked. Bloomberg

Check, double check and then check again - so teachers tell their pupils when it comes to spelling.

The paint shop of Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific clearly didn't take heed after it revealed an embarrassing gaffe involving the livery of one of its aircraft.

Instead of its correct spelling, it had the name "Cathay Paciic" plastered on the fuselage at Hong Kong International Airport, but at least it took the incident in good humour by posting images from the Hong Kong Aviation Discussion Board it on its Twitter account, saying: "Oops this special livery won't last long! She's going back to the shop!"

Some Twitter users responded with concern, suggesting that if the airline can't get the simple spelling right, then it makes you wonder about the more important safety aspects of flying.

The airline is currently amid a three-year turnaround programme after two years of losses.

It had to cancel hundreds of flights earlier this week after Super Typhoon Manghut disrupted travel in the Far East.


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