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Airline Spells Its Own Name Wrong on Plane

Friday, September 21, 2018

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when the picture captures only two words, you want them both to be spelled correctly. For Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific, a photo of an erroneous change to its livery left the company with, well, no “f's” left to give.

According to The Guardian, a Boeing 777-367 belonging to the airline was emblazoned with “Cathay Paciic,” prompting a response from the company that the plane would be going back to be repainted.

Typos in Flight

An image of the error originally appeared on the Hong Kong Aviation Discussion Board, a Facebook group for those interested in aircraft. How the mix-up happened is still unclear, however, and some people are suspicious of what this kind of error means for quality.

"The spacing is too on-point for a mishap,” an engineer for Haeco, a sister company to Cathay Pacific, told the South China Morning Post. “We have stencils. Should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake I think."

The plane had been flying overnight from Xiamen, China, where Haeco conducts maintenance on Cathay’s aircraft. The plane under scrutiny has been in the company’s fleet since 2004.

"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,” a spokesperson for Cathay Pacific told CNN Travel. This error is likely going to cost several thousands of dollars to fix.

According to the South China Morning Post, this isn’t the first time the company has had an issue like this: A few years ago, one of the first aircraft to be updated with the company’s current branding had the green brushwing logo painted on backward.


Tagged categories: Aerospace; AS; Business matters; China; Design; Program/Project Management; Project Management

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