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About Shanghai Airlines

Shanghai Airlines was founded in 1985 and is a Chinese airline based at the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. In 2010, Shanghai Airlines merged with China Eastern Airlines, but its operations remain separate post-merger - Shanghai Airlines still retains its distinct brand and livery of aircraft.

The airline is a subsidiary of China Eastern Airways and operates flights to Shanghai as well as a number of domestic and international destinations in Asia, including Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Taipei and Thailand. The airline currently has two hubs in Shanghai: Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

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Shanghai Airlines' Destinations

International Destinations

Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport BKK
Hungary Budapest Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport BUD
South Korea Busan Gimhae International Airport PUS
Thailand Chiang Mai Chiang Mai International Airport CNX
Indonesia Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport DPS
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport HKG
Malaysia Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu International Airport BKI
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport KUL
Macao Macau Macau International Airport MFM
Japan Osaka Kansai International Airport KIX
Thailand Phuket Phuket International Airport HKT
South Korea Seoul Gimpo International Airport GMP
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport ICN
Taiwan Taipei Taipei Songshan Airport TSA
Japan Tokyo Haneda International Airport HND
Japan Toyama Toyama Airport TOY

Domestic Destinations

Baotou Baotou Airport BAV
Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport PEK
Changchun Changchun Longjia International Airport CGQ
Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport CTU
Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport CSX
Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport CKG
Dalian Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport DLC
Fuzhou Fuzhou Changle International Airport FOC
Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport CAN
Guilin Guilin Liangjiang International Airport KWL
Guiyang Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport KWE
Haikou Haikou Meilan International Airport HAK
Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport HGH
Harbin Harbin Taiping International Airport HRB
Hefei Hefei Xinqiao International Airport HFE
Hohhot Hohhot Baita International Airport HET
Huangshan Huangshan Tunxi International Airport TXN
Jieyang Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport SWA
Jinan Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport TNA
Jinghong Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport LHG
Jining Jining Qufu Airport JNG
Jinzhou Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport LHG
Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport KMG
Lanzhou Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport LHW
Lijiang Lijiang Sanyi Airport LJG
Linyi Linyi Shubuling Airport LYI
Mianyang Mianyang Nanjiao Airport MIG
Nanchang Nanchang Changbei International Airport KHN
Nanning Nanning Wuxu International Airport NNG
Qingdao Qingdao Liuting International Airport TAO
Qiqihar Qiqihar Sanjiazi Airport NDG
Sanya Sanya Phoenix International Airport SYX
Shanghai Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport SHA
Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport PVG
Shenyang Shenyang Taoxian International Airport SHE
Shenzhen Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport SZX
Shijiazhuang Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport SJW
Taiyuan Taiyuan Wusu International Airport TYN
Tianjin Tianjin Binhai International Airport TSN
Turpan Turpan Jiaohe Airport TLQ
Ürümqi Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport URC
Wanzhou Wanzhou Wuqiao Airport WXN
Wenzhou Wenzhou Longwan International Airport WNZ
Wuhan Wuhan Tianhe International Airport WUH
Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport XMN
Xi'an Xi'an Xianyang International Airport XIY
Xiangyang Xiangyang Liuji Airport XFN
Xining Xining Caojiabao International Airport XNN
Xuzhou Xuzhou Guanyin International Airport XUZ
Yanji Yanji Chaoyangchuan International Airport YNJ
Yantai Yantai Penglai International Airport YNT
Yichang Yichang Sanxia Airport YIH
Yinchuan Yinchuan Hedong International Airport INC
Yuncheng Yuncheng Guangong Airpor YCU
Zhangjiajie Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport DYG
Zhanjiang Zhanjiang Airport ZHA
Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport CGO
Zhuhai Zhuhai Jinwan Airport ZUH

Shanghai Airlines' Baggage Allowance

The baggage allowances of Shanghai Airlines are the same as China Eastern Airlines because it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. Please note that baggage allowance will depend on the specific route and is subject to change - the following information can be used as a guide, but the exact allowance will be confirmed during the booking process.

Carry-on Baggage

Domestic and International Flights:

Cabin Class Carry-On Baggage Allowance
First Class 2 pieces, max weight 10kg / 22lbs each
Business Class 1 piece, max weight 10kg / 22lbs
Premium Economy 1 piece, max weight 10kg / 22lbs
Economy 1 piece, max weight 10kg / 22lbs

Please note that on domestic flights, all carry-on luggage on domestic flights must not exceed 55cm / 21in (height), 40cm / 15in (length) and 20cm / 7in (width). On intentional flights, carry-on luggage must not exceed 56cm / 22in (height), 45cm / 17in (length) and 25cm / 9in (width).

Checked Baggage Allowance

Domestic Flights

Shanghai Airlines operates a vast domestic network on behalf of its parent company, China Eastern Airlines. On domestic and regional flights, the checked baggage allowance is as follows:

Cabin Class Checked Baggage Allowance
First Class 1 piece, max weight 40kg / 88lbs
Business Class 1 piece, 30kg / 66lbs
Premium Economy 1 piece, 20Kg
Economy 1 piece, 20Kg

Please note that the sum of the length, width and height of all checked baggage must not exceed 158cm / 62in.

International Flights

The free checked baggage allowance on international flights will vary depending on departure and arrival country. Your free baggage allowance will be confirmed when booking your flights through Alternative Airlines, during which time you can also choose to add extra baggage to your booking. More information on baggage allowance on international flights can be found on our China Eastern Airlines page.

Check-In Information

Top Tip: Check-in times will vary depending on your departure airport. China Eastern Airlines has a handy guide which lists the recommended check-in time for each of the airports that it (and its subsidiaries) depart from.

Online Check-In

Shanghai Airlines offers online check-in, which can be completed through the China Eastern Airlines check-in page. Please be aware that some flights do not support online check-in, which must be done at the airport.

For qualifying flights, online check-in is available from 24 hours before departing, up to 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Airport Check-In

Passengers who choose to check in at the airport can do so between 150 to 45 minutes before scheduled departure - it is recommended to arrive as early as possible.

Shanghai Airlines Seat Selection

Passengers who book their flights through Alternative Airlines can either pre-select seats during the booking process, by logging into 'My Account' (where your Shanghai Airlines reservations can be managed)or by contacting our customer service team. More information on how to pre-select your seat can be found here. If you do not pre-select your seat, a seat will be allocated to you during the check-in process. Please note that a seat select service is not supported on all routes.

Economy Class

Economy Class Facilities

The number of Economy seats varies from 132 to 262. Meals and beverages are included in the price of the ticket.

Entertainment: The onboard entertainment experience will depend on the aircraft being operated. On some flights, cabin drop-down screens are available but Economy passengers are recommended to arrive prepped with entertainment pre-downloaded onto personal digital devices.

Within Economy Class, there are also a number of fare options available (Basic, Standard, and Flexible). The onboard experience will be similar, but the different fares provide different levels of benefits - for example, the Basic fare (the most affordable) is non-changeable and non-refundable. In comparison, the Flexible fare is refundable (with a fee) and changeable. When you book your flights through Alternative Airlines, the different fare options will be explained and it is easy to choose the perfect fare for you - more information can be found in our guide to fare families.

Economy Class Seating

Aircraft depending, power outlets and drop-down television screens are available.

Seats have a minimum seat pitch of 32 inches. Relax with fully adjustable headrests. Footrests add to your comfort, and there is plenty of storage space.

Premium Economy Class

Premium Economy is a new product and is only available on flights operated by the Boeing 787. The Premium Economy product is a fare upgrade on Economy Class. The onboard experience will be similar to Economy, but passengers can enjoy much larger seats with extra legroom and recline.

Business Class

Business Class Facilities

The number of Business class seats available varies between 8 and 38, depending on the aircraft, and can be found in a separate cabin to Economy.

On the 787, business class suites are modular in design and provide completely personal spaces, complete with doors for added privacy. Business class on the 787 features 45cm / 18in personal TV screens.

Business Class Entertainment: Business Class passengers can enjoy personal television screens, and can choose from TV, the latest Hollywood films, and popular Chinese films.

Business Class Seating

Business Class seats convert into fully flat beds. For added comfort, seats feature customisable mood lighting, near-field communication sensors, in-seat power, Bluetooth audio connection and headphones.

First Class

First Class Facilities

A First Class product is only available on international flights operated on the 787. The 787 aircraft mostly operate from Shanghai to Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. First Class passengers are in the same cabin space as Business but offers a premium experience. Before flying, passengers can enjoy a dedicated check-in counter and VIP lounge access.

Business Class Entertainment: Business Class passengers can enjoy much bigger personal television screens (32in, compared to 45cm / 18in in Business). Passengers can choose from TV, the latest Hollywood films, and popular Chinese films.

Top Tip: When you book your flights through Alternative Airlines, you can check which aircraft will be operated using our search filters!

First Class Seating

First Class is arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, and each seat can convert into a fully flat bed. The center pair of first-class suites can be converted from two private suites into a larger, shared space - or converted into a ‘bubby space’ which allows four people to sit together in a private space - ideal for couples, families, or business colleagues.

In-Flight Meals

Business and First Class: Passengers should expect restaurant-quality dining, and can choose from a range of gourmet cuisine from around the world. All meals are served on porcelain and made using the highest quality ingredients.

Economy/Premium Economy Class: Meals and beverages are included in the price of the ticket - options will depend on the route being operated.

Special Meals

When you make your Shanghai Airlines booking through Alternative Airlines it is easy to select the Special meal you require from the drop-down option. More information can be found here. If you decide you’d like to add a Special Meal after you have made your booking, you can contact our customer service team who can contact the airline to arrange this for you.

Special Meal options include:

Baby Meal Child Meal Toddler Meal Kosher Meal
Moslem Meal Seafood Meal Hindu Meal Low-Calorie Meal
Diabetic Meal Low Fat Meal Ulcer Diet Meal Bland Meal
Soft Fluid Meal Gluten-Free Meal Low Lactose Meal Low Salt Meal
Fruit Platter Meal Nut Free Meal Vegetarian Raw Meal Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo Meal
Vegan Meal Vegetarian Oriental Meal Vegetarian Jain Meal Vegetarian Hindu Meal

Shanghai Airlines' Popular Routes

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Shanghai small plane icon Shenzhen

Jieyang small plane icon Shanghai

Guizhou small plane icon Dalian

Tianjin small plane icon Shanghai

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Shanghai Airlines' Fleet

Shanghai Airlines operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the Airbus A330-300, Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737 MAX 8, and the Boeing 787-9. These aircraft are mostly occupied by Economy class seating, as well as a limited number of Business Class seats.

Shanghai Airlines Frequent Flyer Program

Eastern Miles

China Eastern Airlines operates a frequent flyer program called Eastern Miles to reward regular passengers. Eastern Miles is one of China’s leading frequent flyer programs. As a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, passengers flying with Shanghai Airlines can collect Eastern Miles points when they fly. More information can be found on our China Eastern Airlines page.

Collecting Eastern Miles

When you book your Shanghai Airlines flights through Alternative Airlines, it is easy to collect your Eastern Miles points. You can select ‘Eastern Miles’ as your chosen frequent flyer program and type in your membership number - a full guide can be found here.

Airline Alliance


Shanghai Airlines is an affiliate member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, along with its parent company China Eastern Airlines, which is a full alliance member. More information about the Skyteam alliance can be found here.

Hub Airport

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is the main domestic airport serving Shanghai, the biggest city in China. Hongqiao International Airport is a hub for China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines.

Other airlines which use Shanghai Hongqiao Airport include Air China, Air Macau, China Southern Airlines, EVA Air, Hainan Airlines, Hebei Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Japan Airlines.

Alternative Airlines to Shanghai Airlines

Please click on the logos below to find out more about airlines that fly similar routes to Shanghai Airlines:

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What airlines are based in Shanghai?

Shanghai Airlines is based in Shanghai, from where it operates an extensive network of domestic and international flights. Other airlines based at Shanghai International Airport include Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Spring Airlines, Suparna Airlines, and UPS Airlines.

Is Shanghai Airlines part of SkyTeam?

Yes, Shanghai Airlines is an affiliate member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, because it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines. Passengers can collect SkyTeam membership points when flying with Shanghai Airlines.

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