"No one gives a F anymore, not even the painters!"
Cathay Pacific has had to return an aircraft to the paint shop after its own company’s name was spelt wrong on it.
Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific faced an embarrassing moment when one of its aircrafts was painted with the incorrect spelling of the company’s name.
On the plane in question, “Cathay Paciic” was painted instead of the company’s name.
The aircraft was seen by passengers at Hong Kong International Airport who alerted the airline.
Cathay Pacific responded quickly, making light of the situation.
“Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!” the company posted on Twitter.
An engineer for Haeco, the sister company of Cathay Pacific expressed disbelief at the incident. “The spacing is too on-point for a mishap,” the engineer said to SCMP. “There should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake I think.”
Some were unamused by the mishap. “Maybe have your painters be literate in English,” Suleman Siddiqui, wrote on the Hong Kong Aviation Discussion Board Facebook forum. “That would be a good idea.”
Fixing the error will be reportedly expensive, costing thousands of dollars.
Social media users nonetheless took the opportunity to poke fun at the airline.
“No one gives a F anymore, not even the painters!” One Twitter user wrote.
Another suggested that the airline simply, “put a little ^ and an f above it.”
Even British opticians company Specsavers weighed in, tweeting to the airline, “This is your Captain speaking: should’ve gone to Specsavers”
Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!
(Source: HKADB) pic.twitter.com/20SRQpKXET
— Cathay Pacific (@cathaypacific) 19 September 2018
No one gives a F anymore, not even the painters!
— -.. . .- -. (@thesmartpirate) 19 September 2018
Shop? Bah, put a little ^ and an f above it.
— darren (@darrenpauli) 19 September 2018
"This is your Captain speaking: should've gone to Specsavers" #shouldve
— Specsavers (@Specsavers) 19 September 2018