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Shanghai Airlines
Shanghai Airlines

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Shanghai Airlines.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
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: ) 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 operate 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 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 737-800

As of May 2021, the Shanghai Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[10][11]

Former fleet

A former Shanghai Airlines Boeing 767-300ER

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

Frequent-flyer program

Crane Club (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ) 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 (; ). 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]


  1. ^ Flight International 12-18 April 2005
  2. ^ "Shanghai Airlines to leave Star Alliance; China Southern expects improved profits: China Share Wrap". Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-29. Retrieved .{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "China Eastern Airlines announces detailed merger plan with Shanghai Airlines_English_Xinhua". Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Reed Business Information Limited. "Shanghai Airlines to delist from stock exchange". Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Home page. Shanghai Airlines. Retrieved on December 4, 2010. "Head office Address: 212, Jiangning Road, Shanghai, 200041, China" - Address in Chinese Archived 2010-12-04 at the Wayback Machine: "?: 212?() :200041"
  8. ^ "Shanghai to end Star Alliance membership". Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "Profile on Shanghai Airlines". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-11-02. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 11.
  11. ^ "Shanghai Airlines Fleet Details and History". Retrieved .
  12. ^ "B737-700 - Fleet Information - Flight Experience - Guide - China Eastern Airline". Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Industry News / Opinions - Shanghai Airlines 787-9". Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Shanghai Airlines Fleet Details and History". Planespotters. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ 767!767?_?_. (in Chinese). Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved .{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. Retrieved .{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ Welcome to Eastern Miles Archived 2012-04-28 at the Wayback Machine

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