Shanghai Airlines is an airline headquartered in the Jing'an District, Shanghai, People's Republic of China. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, but its operations remain separate post-merger, retaining its distinct brand and livery. Shanghai Airline operates domestic and international services. Its bases are Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. The airline is a member of SkyTeam alliance along with its parent company China Eastern Airlines.
Shanghai Airlines was established in 1985. It is China's first commercial airline of multidimensional investment funded by the Shanghai municipal government and Shanghai local enterprises. The airline was initially restricted to domestic flights, but has operated international services since 1997. In late 2002, Shanghai Airlines was successfully listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, which enabled the airline to fuel its further expansion. In 2006, the airline"s cargo subsidiary was founded. On December 12, 2007, Shanghai Airlines became member of Star Alliance. On 11 June 2009, it was announced that Shanghai Airlines would merge with China Eastern Airlines. In February 2010, the merger was completed. Shanghai Airlines was delisted from the Shanghai Stock Exchange and became a wholly owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines. As a result of the merger with China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines reached an agreement with Star Alliance to terminate its membership. On 1 November 2010, the airline officially left the Star Alliance and announced its intention to join its parent company in SkyTeam.
Shanghai Airlines has a substantial domestic network shared with its parent company China Eastern Airlines. The airline serves over 140 domestic and international destinations, giving access to more than 60 large and medium-sized cities in Mainland China and abroad. Its international flights focus on Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. Shanghai Airlines operates daily services to Melbourne Airport on behalf of China Eastern.
The Shanghai Airlines fleet consists of 7 Boeing 737-700, 39 Boeing 737-800, 10 Boeing 757-200, 4 Boeing 767-300, 3 Boeing 767-300ER and 4 Bombardier CRJ-200LR.
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