The brand "Cathay" will allow users to purchase services and goods through the airline only in Hong Kong at first, which will be expanded globally later, the company said, adding that a credit card in conjunction would be launched soon.

Cathay's move comes after low-budget carrier AirAsia (AIRA.KL) in March announced plans to launch air taxi and drone delivery services, while Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI) branched out into the restaurant business last year. read more

The Hong Kong flag carrier has been hit hard by the pandemic like its industry peers, with Cathay operating at just 8% of its usual passenger capacity as it forecast "substantial" losses for a third consecutive half.