Shanghai Airlines
Shànghǎi Hángkōng Gōngsī
Shanghai Airlines.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1985; 37 years ago (1985)
Frequent-flyer programEastern Miles
AllianceSkyTeam (affiliate)
Fleet size96
Parent companyChina Eastern Airlines
HeadquartersHongqiao Airport, Shanghai
Key peopleZhou Chi (President)
Fan Hongxi (CEO)
Shanghai Airlines

Shanghai Airlines (Chinese: 上海航空公司) is an airline headquartered in Shanghai. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, but its operations remain separate post-merger, retaining its distinct brand and livery. Shanghai Airlines operates domestic and international services. The logo is a white crane on a red vertical tail fin. The airline operates flights out of Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai.[1] The airline is an affiliate member of the SkyTeam airline alliance with its parent company China Eastern Airlines which is a full member of the alliance.[2]


Shanghai Airlines was established in 1985. It is China's first commercial airline of multidimensional investment funded by the Shanghai municipal government and Shanghai local enterprises. The airline was initially restricted to domestic flights, but has operated international services since 1997.[3]

In late 2002, Shanghai Airlines was successfully listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, which enabled the airline to fuel its further expansion. In 2006, the airline's cargo subsidiary was founded.[3]

On 12 December 2007, Shanghai Airlines was officially welcomed as the 19th member of Star Alliance, which consolidated the alliance's presence in the Shanghai market.[4]

On 11 June 2009, it was announced that Shanghai Airlines would merge with China Eastern Airlines. The merger of the two airlines was expected to reduce excess competition between the two Shanghai-based carriers, and allow them to compete more effectively with domestic rivals Air China and China Southern Airlines. It was also aimed at consolidating Shanghai's status as an international aviation hub.[5]

In February 2010, the merger was completed. Shanghai Airlines was delisted from the Shanghai Stock Exchange and became a wholly owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines. The new combined airline is expected to have over half of the market share in Shanghai.[6] Prior to the merger it was headquartered in Jing'an District.[7]

As a result of the merger with China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines reached an agreement with Star Alliance to terminate its membership. On 1 November 2010, the airline officially left the Star Alliance and announced its intention to join its parent company in SkyTeam.[8] Shanghai Airlines also maintained its own cargo division, Shanghai Airlines Cargo, which was merged into China Cargo Airlines.


Shanghai Airlines' current headquarters at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, shared with China Eastern Airlines
Shanghai Airlines' current headquarters at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, shared with China Eastern Airlines

Main article: List of Shanghai Airlines destinations

Shanghai Airlines has a substantial domestic network shared with its parent company China Eastern Airlines. The airline serves over 140 domestic and international destinations, giving access to more than 60 large and medium-sized cities in Mainland China and abroad. Its international flights focus on Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.[3] Shanghai Airlines also operates services from Shanghai to Melbourne Airport, Australia on behalf of China Eastern Airlines utilising its own aircraft and crew. From June 2019, Shanghai Airlines opened direct flights to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.

Codeshare agreements

Shanghai Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[9]


Current fleet

A Shanghai Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
A Shanghai Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
A Shanghai Airlines Boeing 737-800
A Shanghai Airlines Boeing 737-800

As of June 2022, Shanghai Airlines operates the following aircraft:[10][11]

Shanghai Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
F B E+ E Total
Airbus A330-300 1 38 262 300
Boeing 737-700 6 8 132 140 [12]
Boeing 737-800 71 8 156 164
Boeing 737 MAX 8 11 4 8 168 176 Currently grounded until further notice.
Boeing 787-9 7 3 4 26 28 227 285 Order placed by parent company, China Eastern Airlines.[13]
Comac ARJ21-700 5 TBA
Total 96 12

Former fleet

A former Shanghai Airlines Boeing 767-300ER
A former Shanghai Airlines Boeing 767-300ER

Shanghai Airlines has previously operated the following aircraft:[14]

Shanghai Airlines fleet
Aircraft Fleet Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A321-200 4 2009 2010 Transferred to China Eastern Airlines
Airbus A330-200 3 2013 2019 Returned to China Eastern Airlines
Boeing 737-300 1 1997 1999
Boeing 737-300SF 1 2004 2005 Disposed to Aerolíneas Argentinas Cargo
Boeing 757-200 11 1990 2015 Received the last Boeing 757 ever produced
Boeing 757-200PCF 2 2006 2011 Transferred to China Cargo Airlines
Boeing 767-300 4 1994 2018 Last flight was on 30 September 2018.[15]
Boeing 767-300ER 5 2003 2018
Bombardier CRJ200ER 3 2000 2015 One aircraft is currently stored
Bombardier CRJ200LR 2 2004 2011
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 4 2005 2011 Three aircraft are transferred to China Cargo Airlines

Frequent-flyer program

Crane Club (simplified Chinese: 金鹤俱乐部; traditional Chinese: 金鶴俱樂部) was the frequent-flyer program of Shanghai Airlines prior to the merger with China Eastern Airlines. However, Shanghai Airlines announced in April 2011 [16] that the Crane Club will be merged into China Eastern's Eastern Miles Program. It was officially merged into Eastern Miles on June 8, 2011. After the merger, members can earn and use their mileage on China Eastern's flights. The Crane Club had two tiers: Crane Club Gold and Silver.[17]

Shanghai Airlines' frequent-flyer program is called Eastern Miles (东方万里行; 東方萬里行). After the merger with China Eastern Airlines, the frequent-flyer programs were also merged. Eastern Miles became the official frequent-flyer program of Shanghai Airlines on June 8, 2011. When enough miles are collected, members can be upgraded to VIP. VIP membership of Eastern Miles can be divided into three tiers: Platinum Card Membership, Golden Card membership and Silver Card membership.[18]


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