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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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Baggage Policy

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

On domestic and international flights, passengers are permitted at least 1 piece of carry-on baggage.

Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class passengers are allowed 1 piece of carry-on baggage that cannot weigh more than 10kg / 22lbs.

First Class passengers are permitted 2 pieces of carry-on baggage, each weighing no more than 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

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:

First Class - 1 piece of checked baggage weighing no more than 40kg / 88lbs.

Business Class - 1 piece weighing no more than 30kg / 66lbs.

Premium Economy and Economy - 1 piece weighing no more than 20kg / 44lbs.

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 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.

Cabin Classes

Shanghai Airlines has 4 types of cabin class to choose from - these are Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class.

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 centre 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

Frequent Flyer Program

Shanghai Airlines has a loyalty program called Eastern Miles which is part of China Eastern Airlines.

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 a member of the SkyTeam Alliance alongside its parent company China Eastern Airlines.


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.

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.

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Destinations that Shanghai Airlines flies to

Shanghai Airlines operates domestic flights in China as well as international flights to a selection of cities across Asia. Click below to find out all the destinations Shanghai Airlines currently flies to.

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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 ChinaAir MacauChina Southern AirlinesEVA AirHainan AirlinesHebei AirlinesOTT Airlines, Shandong AirlinesShanghai Airlines and Japan Airlines.


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.

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Are you looking to buy Shanghai Airlines flights on finance? Well, you've come to the right spot! Alternative Airlines lets you buy Shanghai Airlines flight tickets and spread the cost over time by selecting one of our payment plan options at checkout including ClearpayAfterpayKlarnaTendoPay and PayPal Credit. When you book Shanghai Airlines flights through Alternative Airlines you can add special features to your booking including Cancellation Protection or Baggage Insurance for an extra layer of protection.

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Of course! When you buy Shanghai Airlines flights with Alternative Airlines you can grab onto today's great deals without having to worry about paying for the whole amount at once. At Alternative Airlines we offer over 40 different ways to pay including popular Buy Now Pay Later plans, that let you break up the cost of your Shanghai Airlines flight ticket into weekly, bi-weekly or monthly equal instalments. What's even better is that many of our payment plan providers offer a 0% interest fee. This means that you only need to pay for the flight fare at no extra cost.

Read on to find out more about some of our most popular payment plan options, or discover all our finance options here.

The payment plan options available at checkout will depend on the country in which you reside.


Can I pay for Shanghai Airlines flights using Afterpay?

Yes! Afterpay is a fantastic Buy Now, Pay Later payment option used by customers at Alternative Airlines. When you choose to pay for your Shanghai Airlines flights with Afterpay you can slice the cost into 4 equal interest-free instalments, over 6 weeks. Afterpay is available at checkout if you reside in the United States and will be paying in USD.


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Klarna is a Swedish payment plan provider that lets you spread the cost of your purchases in instalments. When you book through Alternative Airlines you can pay for your Shanghai Airlines flight tickets in 3 or pay in 4 instalments (depending on where you live in). Klarna is available in several European Countries such as the United Kingdom (GBP), United States (USD), Australia (AUD), Austria (EUR), Denmark (DKK), Italy (EUR), Spain (EUR), and Belgium (EUR).


Does Shanghai Airlines accept Zip?

Absolutely! You can use Zip to secure your Shanghai Airlines flight tickets if you reside in the US, Mexico, New Zealand or Australia. With Zip, you can split the total cost of your Shanghai Airlines flight into more manageable payments that are paid over several weeks. Check out our Zip page for more information.

PayPal Credit

Can I pay for Shanghai Airlines flights using PayPal Credit?

Our customers love using PayPal! But, have you heard of PayPal Credit? With PayPal Credit, you can slice the cost of your Shanghai Airlines flights in easy and manageable instalments. To be able to use PayPal Credit you must have an existing PayPal account. PayPal Credit is available at checkout if you live in the UK, the US and Germany.


Can I pay for Shanghai Airlines tickets using TendoPay?

YES! TendoPay is a great payment plan option if you live in the Philippines and will be paying in the local currency. TendoPay is a buy now pay later that lets you split the cost of your Shanghai Airlines flight ticket in 4 equal instalments, completely interest-free. With TendoPay you can also pay with 'Flexi Instalments'. This lets you spread the cost of your flight in 2-12 monthly instalments.

Frequently asked questions

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.

How can I book Shanghai Airlines flights?

Through Alternative Airlines! We're a global flight search and booking site that makes it easier to book flights with a greater number of airlines, including Shanghai Airlines! Use the search form at the top of the page to begin your search.

Can I buy Shanghai Airlines flights on finance?

Of course! When you book through Alternative Airlines you can buy Shanghai Airlines flight tickets and spread the cost of your flight. To find out more check out our flexible flight financing options that you can use to help spread the cost of your Shanghai Airlines tickets over time.

Where can I buy Shanghai Airlines flights on finance?

Here! Alternative Airlines lets you buy ANY Shanghai Airlines flight ticket and spread the cost over time. We have partnered with a number of popular payment plan options including Afterpay, TendoPay, Klarna, Clearpay and Tabby that let you buy Shanghai Airlines' flights today and pay over weekly, bi-weekly or monthly instalments. There are several payment plan options available at checkout, find out the best option for you by visiting our Fly Now Pay Later page.

The payment options that you see at checkout will depend on the country in which you reside. Terms and conditions apply; follow the links above to find out more about each payment option, as well as to view full T&Cs.

Does Shanghai Airlines offer Buy Now, Pay Later flights?

Unfortunately, Shanghai Airlines doesn't offer payment plan options. However, when you book through Alternative Airlines you can secure Shanghai Airlines tickets and split the cost over time.

Why should I book my Shanghai Airlines tickets through Alternative Airlines?

There are so many reasons as to why you should book your Shanghai Airlines flights with us! First of all, Alternative Airlines has created a unique flight search site that lets you customise your booking preferences by using search filters. There are over 40 different ways to pay for your Shanghai Airlines flights such as cryptocurrencies, Google Pay, Credit or Debit Cards or Buy Now, Pay Later options. When you book through Alternative Airlines you can add Cancellation Protection and Baggage Insurance to you're booking for an added layer of safety, which may be something you may not be able to do directly through an airline.