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 a number of domestic and international destinations in Asia, including Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Taipei and Thailand. The airlines currently has two hubs in Shanghai: Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.
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Accurate as of 2019
|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|
Accurate as of 2019
|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|
|Jining||Jining Qufu Airport||JNG|
|Jinzhou||Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport||LHG|
|Jining||Jining Qufu Airport||JNG|
|Jinzhou||Jinzhou Bay Airport||JNZ|
|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|
|Zhengzhou||Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport||CGO|
|Zhuhai||Zhuhai Jinwan Airport||ZUH|
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 exact allowance will be confirmed during the booking process.
Domestic and International Flights:
|Cabin Class||Carry-On Baggage Allowance|
|First Class||2 pieces, max weight 10Kg each|
|Business Class||1 piece, max weight 10Kg|
|Premium Economy||1 piece, max weight 10Kg|
|Economy||1 piece, max weight 10Kg|
Please note that on domestic flights, all carry-on luggage on domestic flights must not exceed 55cm (height), 40cm (length) and 20cm (width). On intentional flights, carry-on luggage must not exceed 56cm (height), 45cm (length) and 25cm (width).
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|
|Business Class||1 piece, 30Kg|
|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
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.
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.
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 scheduled departure time.
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.
Passengers who book their flights through Alternative Airlines can either pre-select seats during the booking process, or by doing so by logging into 'My Account' (where your reservation 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.
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.
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 is a new product and 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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|
Accurate as of September 2019
|AIRCRAFT TYPE||NUMBER IN SERVICE||ORDERS||PASSENGERS|
|Airbus A330-300||2||/||Economy: 262
|Boeing 737-700||8||/||Economy: 132
|Boeing 737-800||77||8||Economy: 156
|Boeing 737 MAX 8*||11||4||Economy: 168
|Boeing 787-9||7||3||Economy: 227
|Comac QRJ21-700||/||5||Economy: TBC
*Boeing 737 MAX 8 currently grounded - more information can be found here.
China Eatern 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.
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.
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 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.
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