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Embarrassing mistake hits major airline

Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti
21 September 2018 1 minute readShare
Cathay Pacific

A major international airline has faced an embarrassing blunder after photos emerged of its name having been misspelled on the side of one of its aircraft.

In a tweet dated 19 September, Cathay Pacific showed photos of the plane with signage missing the letter “f”.

“Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop! (Source: HKADB),” the post accompanying the pictures said.

Within two days, the Twitter post had been liked more than 15,000 times and retweeted some 5,800 times.

Twitter users and airline passengers appreciated the airline’s sense of humour about the mistake, posting messages and gifs making light of the situation.

“No f’s were given that day,” said Aghiad Haloul.

“Great that you can have a laugh about this in public. Air travel needs to lighten up. Kudos,” Vimal Rai added.

Another poster going by the name Squawk7700 joked that “the paint instructions should’ve been more Speciic”.

Not all of the airline’s customers saw the funny side, however, questioning whether such a basic oversight translated to more important aspects of air travel, such as maintenance and safety.

“I’m not sure why this is not funny to me. I fly Cathay and to me this just shows a breakdown in quality… Not something I think should be so blatantly and proudly publicized [sic] on a brand I spend money to support,” Mike Cooper commented.

HK Phil agreed, saying “if they can get this obviously wrong, makes you wonder about the more important engineering on the plane!”

Embarrassing mistake hits major airline
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Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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