Whoever painted this plane must’ve had their head in the clouds.
Cathay Pacific, a Hong Kong-based airline, ’fessed up to an embarrassing gaffe this week in the form of a massive typo splayed across the livery of one of its planes.
The airline shared photos on Twitter of a grounded Boeing 777-367 proudly displaying the words, “CATHAY PACIIC” – and proved itself a good sport with a light-hearted tweet.
“Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!” the tweet read.
The plane came to Hong Kong from Xiamen in China and has been part of the fleet since 2004, according to the Guardian.
“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 the airline told CNN.
While Cathay Pacific laughed it off as a mistake, an engineer for the airline’s sister company Haeco told the South China Morning Post that the slipup didn’t exactly appear accidental.
“The spacing is too on-point for a mishap. We have stencils. Should be a blank gap in between the letters if it was a real mistake, I think,” the engineer told the outlet.