You’ve got to own your mistakes and, fair play to the airline, they’ve taken this one on the chin.
When you read that Cathay Pacific has stuffed up its own name, you might have expected them to have made a meal of the first part of their name — at least that could be kind of confusing. Who hasn’t accidentally called, or at least spelled, the company “Cathy Pacific” before?
Sure, it might sound like the name of a bogan mermaid, but we all know a Cathy and no one has ever been named Cathay. Although, that is how we would pronounce our aquatic bogan’s name here in Australia: “Cath-ay”.
But, no. That’s not what the Hong Kong-based company got wrong.
Instead, one of their Boeing jets was sat on the runway at Hong Kong International Airport with “Cathay Paciic” proudly painted across its fuselage.
Fortunately for Cathay Pacific, unfortunately for people wanting a laugh, some eagle-eyed buzzkill spotted the error and let the company know before the jet took to the skies.
As we mentioned earlier, they were good sports about it. The airline took to Twitter to have a laugh at their mistake – although gag of the day would have to go to Aghiad Haloul for this sparkling bit of wordplay:
No f's were given that day
— Aghiad Haloul (@AghiadHaloul) September 19, 2018
However, this is where this particular story gets interesting. Because of how well the error has been received on social media, there has since been speculation that the airline might have misprinted name as a publicity stunt.
“The spacing is too on-point for a mishap,” an engineer for Haeco, an aircraft engineering and maintenance company Cathay owns, told the South China Morning Post.
“There should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake I think.”