Shanghai Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedDecember 30, 1985; 38 years ago (1985-12-30)
Frequent-flyer programEastern Miles
AllianceSkyTeam (affiliate)
Fleet size86
Parent companyChina Eastern Airlines
HeadquartersHongqiao Airport, Shanghai
Key people
Shanghai Airlines

Shanghai Airlines is an airline headquartered in Shanghai and a wholly owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines. 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.[2] 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.[3]


Shanghai Airlines was established on December 30, 1985.[4] 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.[5]

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.[5]

On December 12, 2007, Shanghai Airlines was officially welcomed as the 19th member of Star Alliance, which consolidated the alliance's presence in the Shanghai market.[6]

On June 11, 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.[7]

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.[8] Prior to the merger it was headquartered in Jing'an District.[9]

As a result of the merger with China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines reached an agreement with Star Alliance to terminate its membership. On November 1, 2010, the airline officially left the Star Alliance and announced its intention to join its parent company in SkyTeam.[10] 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 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.[5] Shanghai Airlines also operates services from Shanghai to Melbourne Airport, Australia on behalf of China Eastern Airlines utilising its aircraft and crew. In June 2019, Shanghai Airlines opened direct flights to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.

This is a list of destinations served currently by Shanghai Airlines as of April 2024.

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Cambodia Phnom Penh Phnom Penh International Airport
China Anqing Anqing Tianzhushan Airport
Baotou Baotou Airport
Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Daxing International Airport
Changchun Changchun Longjia International Airport
Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Dalian Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Diqing Diqing Shangri-La Airport
Fuzhou Fuzhou Changle International Airport
Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Guilin Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
Guiyang Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
Haikou Haikou Meilan International Airport
Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Harbin Harbin Taiping International Airport
Hefei Hefei Luogang Airport Airport Closed
Hefei Xinqiao International Airport
Hohhot Hohhot Baita International Airport
Huangshan Huangshan Tunxi International Airport
Huangyan Taizhou Luqiao Airport
Jieyang Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport
Jinan Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Jinggangshan Jinggangshan Airport
Jinghong Xishuangbanna Gasa International Airport
Jinjiang Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport
Jining Jining Qufu Airport
Jinzhou Jinzhou Jinzhouwan Airport
Jiujiang Jiujiang Lushan Airport
Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport
Kunming Wujiaba International Airport Airport Closed
Lanzhou Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport
Lijiang Lijiang Sanyi International Airport
Linyi Linyi Qiyang International Airport
Mianyang Mianyang Nanjiao Airport
Mudanjiang Mudanjiang Hailang International Airport
Nanchang Nanchang Changbei International Airport
Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nanning Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Ningbo Ningbo Lishe International Airport
Qingdao Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport
Qingdao Liuting International Airport Airport Closed
Qinhuangdao Qinhuangdao Beidaihe Airport
Qiqihar Qiqihar Sanjiazi Airport
Sanya Sanya Phoenix International Airport
Shanghai Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Hub
Shanghai Pudong International Airport Hub
Shenyang Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Shenzhen Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
Shijiazhuang Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
Taiyuan Taiyuan Wusu International Airport
Tianjin Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Turpan Turpan Jiaohe Airport
Ürümqi Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
Wanzhou Wanzhou Wuqiao Airport
Wenzhou Wenzhou Longwan International Airport
Weihai Weihai Dashuibo Airport
Wuhan Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Xi'an Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Xiangyang Xiangyang Liuji Airport
Xining Xining Caojiabao International Airport
Xuzhou Xuzhou Guanyin International Airport
Yanji Yanji Chaoyangchuan International Airport
Yantai Yantai Laishan Airport Airport Closed
Yantai Penglai International Airport
Yichang Yichang Sanxia Airport
Yinchuan Yinchuan Hedong International Airport
Yuncheng Yuncheng Zhangxiao Airport
Zhangjiajie Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport
Zhanjiang Zhanjiang Airport Airport Closed
Zhanjiang Wuchuan International Airport
Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
Zhoushan Zhoushan Putuoshan Airport
Zhuhai Zhuhai Jinwan Airport
France Marseille Marseille Provence Airport Begins 2 July 2024 [11]
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
Hungary Budapest Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
Japan Osaka Kansai International Airport
Tokyo Haneda Airport
Toyama Toyama Airport
Macau Macau Macau International Airport
Northern Mariana Islands Saipan Saipan International Airport
Malaysia Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Maldives Malé Velana International Airport
Philippines Cebu Mactan–Cebu International Airport
Russia Vladivostok Vladivostok International Airport
South Korea Busan Gimhae International Airport
Seoul Gimpo International Airport
Incheon International Airport
Taiwan Taipei Songshan Airport
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Chiang Mai Chiang Mai International Airport
Krabi Krabi International Airport
Phuket Phuket International Airport
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport
Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport
Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Codeshare agreements

Shanghai Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[12]


Current fleet

A Shanghai Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Sydney Airport
A Shanghai Airlines Boeing 737-800

As of June 2024, Shanghai Airlines operates the following aircraft:[13][14]

Shanghai Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
F B E+ E Total
Boeing 737-700 4 8 132 140 [15]
Boeing 737-800 62 8 156 164
Boeing 737 MAX 8 12 7 8 168 176
Boeing 787-9 7 3 4 26 28 227 285 Order placed by China Eastern Airlines.[16]
Comac ARJ21-700 5 TBA
Total 86 16

Former fleet

A former Shanghai Airlines Boeing 707-320C
A former Shanghai Airlines Boeing 767-300ER

Shanghai Airlines has previously operated the following aircraft:[17]

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.
Airbus A330-300 4 2013 2023 Returned to China Eastern Airlines.
Boeing 707-320C 5 1985 1988
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 September 30, 2018.[18]
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 [19] 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.[20]

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.[21]


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