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Shandong Airlines (山东航空), officially Shandong Airlines Group Co., Ltd.) is a Chinese airline based in Jinan, Shandong, China, with their hubs in Jinan Yoaqiang International Airport. Shandong Airline's Bangkok flight is becoming increasingly popular with holidaymakers.

Currently owned by Air China, Shandong Airlines also holds a 10% stake in Sichuan Airlines. Established in 1994, the airline jointly founded the Xinxing Aviation Alliance along with five of China's provincial airlines. In total, SDA's route network covers over 70 destinations in 7 countries and includes Cambodia, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

Baggage Policy

Shandong Airlines has a different baggage policy for carry-on and checked baggage policy.

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers travelling in first class and business class are permitted two personal belongings, with the weight of each item not exceeding 8kg.

Passengers travelling in economy class are permitted one personal belonging, with a weight not exceeding 5kg.

The dimensions of these belongings must not exceed the dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm.

Checked Baggage

Passengers travelling in first class are permitted 40kg of checked luggage.

Passengers travelling in business class are permitted 30kg of checked luggage.

Passengers travelling in economy class are permitted 20kg of checked luggage.

All items of checked luggage must not exceed 203cm, and must not be less than 60cm.


Shandong Airlines passengers can check in either at the airport or beforehand using their online check in service.

Online Check-in

Shandong Airlines offer online check-in for passengers. The link to complete the online check-in can be found here. This service will open the day before flying, and close 2 hours before the scheduled departure time

Airport Check-in

Alternatively, passengers can check in for their flights at the airport. The opening times for check-in desks vary according to the departure airport. To see a breakdown of these times, click this link. Alternatively, check your ticket for arrival and check-in times.

Frequent Flyer Program

Shandong Airlines' frequent flyer program is currently the same as its owner's, Air China, which is Phoenix Miles. Phoenix Miles was designed to reward frequent flyers travelling internationally and domestically on Air China or Shandong Airlines and its affiliated partner airlines.

The companion card may be upgraded to VIP status. There are special redemption rates for VIP members – Gold card members and Platinum card members.

It's really easy to collect Frequent Flyer Points when you make a Shandong reservation with Alternative Airlines. Have a look at our Airline Alliances page to find out more information. Visit the Alternative Airlines blog to find out more about frequent flyer programs.

Codeshare Agreements

Shandong Airlines has codeshare agreements with a variety of airlines that fly similar routes around China and Asia. The airline currently has codeshare agreements with Air China, Asiana Airlines, China Express Airlines, EVA Air, Qingdao Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Uni Air.

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Destinations that Shandong Airlines flies to

Shandong Airlines operates mainly domestic routes from Jinan, Qingdao and Yantai to major cities in China. These routes include Beijing Capital International Airport, Qingdao Liuting International Airport and Yantai Penglai International Airport.

Domestic destinations include Hefei, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Guilin, Nanning, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Wuyishan, Xiamen, Lanzhou, Guiyang, Harbin, Luoyang, Hohhot, Changchun, Xining, Jinan, Jining, Linyi, Dalian and many others. In addition to domestic routes Shandong Airlines also fly to Cambodia, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

The Chinese carrier, which already serves destinations in Cambodia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, now offers four times weekly non-stop flights on the 2,569-kilometre route between Kunming (KMG) and Delhi (DEL). Two of these four flights originate in Jinan (TNA) while the other two originate in Qingdao (TAO). These seven routes are operated by five different airlines and involve four airports in China and three airports in India.

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Hub Airport

Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport

Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport is the main airport serving Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province in China. It is the hub airport for Shandong Airlines and has one runway and can handle nearly 10 million passengers every year. Other airlines which fly to and from Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport include Asiana Airlines, Air China, Beijing Capital Airlines, Chengdu Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Chongqing AirlinesHongtu Airlines and many others.

Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport

Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport is the secondary hub for Shandong Airlines. It opened in 2021 and replaced Qingdao Liuting International Airport (which closed down the same year). This airport is the largest in the Shandong province of China. Qingdao Airlines also uses this airport as its hub.


As of May 2022, Shandong Airlines operates a fleet of just over 130 aircraft, all of which are Boeing 737s. The majority of the fleet is made up of the Boeing 737-800 which can seat up to 167 passengers - the airline currently has around 124 of these. The rest of the fleet is made up of the Boeing 737-300s and 737 MAX 8s. Shandong Airlines also has 10 orders for the COMAC ARJ21-700 - a regional jet that has been manufactured by Comas, a Chinese state-owned aerospace company. Delivery dates for the COMAC are yet to be announced.

Boeing 737-700 x 3

Boeing 737-800 x 124

Boeing 737 MAX 8 x 7

Shandong Airlines used to operate the Bombardier CRJ200 and CRJ700s in its fleet, however, these were retired in 2016 and 2017. Prior to this, it flew the Saab 340B which was retired in 2005.

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Alternative Airlines is the reliable and trustworthy company to use to ensure a smooth and safe booking of your flights with Shandong Airlines. This trust is emphasised by the fact we allow the booking of Shandong Airline flights in English, providing you with important information and details in English.

Popular Routes

Jinan  -> Beijing

Shanghai  -> Jinan

Jinan  -> Xi'an

Changchun  -> Jinan

Tianjin  -> Shanghai

Dalian  -> Jinan

Pets, Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals on Shandong Airlines

Alternative Airlines provides rules and regulations on travelling with a service animal, pet, or an emotional support animal, on Shandong airlines planes.