The Hong Kong-based carrier’s Boeing 777-367 read "Cathay Paciic" along its length, a mistake picked up by travellers at the Hong Kong International Airport.
The company joked on Twitter: "Oops this special livery won't last long! She's going back to the shop!"
The airline claimed it was a genuine mistake, although some in the industry questioned this.
An engineer for Haeco, a sister company of the airline, told the South China Morning Post: "The spacing is too on-point for a mishap.”
"There should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake, I think."
The aircraft had recently arrived from China.
Social media users saw the funny side, however.
The image had been posted on the Hong Kong Aviation Discussion Board, a Facebook group for plane spotters.
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