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Shanghai Airlines
Shànghǎi Hángkōng Gōngsī
Shanghai Airlines logo.png
Founded 1985
Hubs Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Frequent flyer program Flying Crane
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 49 (+24 orders) incl. cargo
Destinations 71
Headquarters Shanghai,  People's Republic of China
Key people Zhou Chi (President)
Fan Hongxi (CEO)
Boeing 767-300 in Macau

Shanghai Airlines Co., Ltd. SSE: 600591 (上海航空公司) is an airline headquartered in the Jing'an District, Shanghai, People's Republic of China.[1] It operates domestic and international services. Its main bases are Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.[2] It also retains a few flights at Nanjing and Hangzhou, and is one of the most concentrated "hub and spoke" airlines in China. On June 11, it was announced that Shanghai Airlines will merge with China Eastern. It is uncertain whether or not Shanghai Airlines will leave Star Alliance after the merger.



The airline was established and started operations in 1985. It was founded by the Shanghai municipal government as the first independently-run local airline in China. It was initially restricted to domestic flights, but in September 1997, it won government approval to operate international services. In October 2002, it began to issue shares on the Shanghai stock market. It launched domestic freighter services in May 2004.[2] It is the fifth-largest airline of China in terms of fleet size. In 2006, a cargo airline, Shanghai Airlines Cargo, was established with Taiwan-based EVA Air. In its 22-year history, with the contribution of its well-recognized Flight Operations Quality Assurance(FOQA) program, Shanghai Airlines has had zero accidents, fatalities or severe damage to its aircraft, making it one of the safest airlines in Asia; and possibly the world. [1]

Shanghai Airlines was officially welcomed as the 19th member of Star Alliance on December 12, 2007. With that, it has plans to dedicate Terminal 2 of Pudong International Airport to its Star Alliance partners.

Shanghai Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Fan Hongxi, says that Shanghai Airlines expects to have a fleet of 100 aircraft by 2010 capable of handling 17.7 million passengers and 1.5 million tons of cargo and mail annually. It is also focusing on growing its market share in Australia, Europe, the United States and Canada in the next five years.[3]


Shanghai Airlines has applied for service to its first two destinations in North America, which are Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California. It also applied for its first three European destinations which are Vienna, Hamburg and Zurich, which were expected to start in 2008, but these plans have been cancelled in the meantime.

Codeshare agreements

  • In 2005, the airline launched codeshare flights with Lufthansa to Germany from Shanghai.
  • In 2006, the airline signed an agreement to begin codeshare flights with United Airlines between China and the United States.
  • Also in 2006, Shanghai Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Thai Airways International which includes codesharing flights and reciprocating frequent flyer program benefits for members.
  • Shanghai Airlines became an airline partner of Air New Zealand Airpoints from November 7, 2006.
  • On 1 July 2007, Shanghai Airlines commenced codeshare flights with Air New Zealand.[4]
  • On 10 May 2006, it was announced that Shanghai Airlines will become the 19th member of Star Alliance. It joined the Star Alliance on 12 December 2007.


Shanghai Airlines operates the following aircraft as of May 2009:[5]

Shanghai Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
Routes Notes
Airbus A321-200 3 delivered (7 orders)
ACAC ARJ21[6] (5 orders) Entry into service: 2009
Boeing 737-700 6 134 (8/126)
128 (8/120)
Boeing 737-800 28 164 (8/156)
Boeing 757-200 12 201 (8/193)
200 (12/188)
168 (22/146)
Boeing 767-300 7 260 (15/245)
242 (18/224)
Boeing 767-300ER 2 242 (18/224)
228 (28/200)
Boeing 787-8 (9 orders)
Bombardier CRJ-200 5 50 (50)

Shanghai Airlines was the carrier of the last ever Boeing 757-200 delivered (B-2876). Shanghai Airlines has a Hawker 800XP as a business jet. It has plans to acquire A330 aircraft to speed up its international routes.[2] Because the Boeing 787 has been delayed for nine months, it has postponed its routes for 2008 to 2009.


Shanghai Airlines Cargo

The fleet of Shanghai Airlines Cargo consists of:

Shanghai Airlines Cargo Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Boeing 757-200PCF 2
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 3


In early 2007, Shanghai Airlines modified their livery slightly by replacing the classic cheatlines with a curved shape along the side of its fuselage. In November 2007, it also painted a Boeing 767-300 in Star Alliance livery.


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