Shanghai Airlines

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Shanghai Airlines
上海航空公司
Shànghǎi Hángkōng Gōngsī
Shanghai Airlines.svg
IATA
FM
ICAO
CSH
Callsign
SHANGHAI AIR
Founded 1985
Hubs
Frequent-flyer program Eastern Miles
Alliance Star Alliance (2007-2010)
SkyTeam (Affiliate)
Fleet size 82
Destinations 140
Parent company China Eastern Airlines
Headquarters Jing'an District, Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Key people Zhou Chi (President)
Fan Hongxi (CEO)
Website http://www.shanghai-air.com

Shanghai Airlines (Chinese: 上海航空公司) is an airline headquartered in the 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 Airlines operates domestic and international services. The logo is a white crane on a red vertical tail fin. Its bases are Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.[1]

The airline is an affiliate member of the SkyTeam airline alliance with its parent company China Eastern Airlines.[2]

History and Development[edit]

Current headquarters at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, shared with China Eastern Airlines
Former Shanghai Airlines headquarters
Shanghai Airlines Boeing 757-200
Shanghai Airlines Boeing 737-800 takeoff
Shanghai Airlines Boeing 757-200 takeoff

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.[3]

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.[3]

On December 12, 2007, Shanghai Airlines was officially welcomed as the 19th member of Star Alliance, which consolidated the alliance's presence in the Shanghai market.[4]

On June 11, 2009, it was announced that Shanghai Airlines would merge with China Eastern Airlines. The merger of the two airlines was expected to reduce excess competition between the two Shanghai-based carriers, and allow them to compete more effectively with domestic rivals Air China and China Southern Airlines. It was also aimed at consolidating Shanghai's status as an international aviation hub.[5]

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. The new combined airline is expected to have over half of the market share in Shanghai.[6]

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.[7]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Prior to the merger it was headquartered in Jing'an District.[8]

Destinations[edit]

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, Singapore and Thailand.[3]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Shanghai Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines, beside SkyTeam members:[3]

Fleet[edit]

A Shanghai Airlines Boeing 767-300ER on short final to Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport in 2012.

As of August 2014, the Shanghai Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[9]

Shanghai Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
F J Y Total
Airbus A330-200 2 12 46 263 321
Airbus A330-300 3 12 48 295 355
Boeing 737-800 48 8 0 164 172
Boeing 757-200 8 12 26 162 200
Boeing 767-300 4 15 31 214 260
Boeing 767-300ER 3
Bombardier CRJ-200LR 3 0 0 50 50
Comac ARJ21 5 TBA
Total 82 5

Eastern Miles[edit]

Shanghai Airlines' frequent-flyer program is called Eastern Miles (simplified Chinese: 东方万里行; traditional Chinese: 東方萬里行). After the merger with China Eastern Airlines, the frequent-flyer programs were also merged. Eastern Miles became the official frequent-flyer program of Shanghai Airlines on June 8, 2011. Enrollment is free of charge. Eastern Miles members can earn miles on flights as well as through the usage of China Eastern's Eastern Miles Credit Cards. When enough miles are collected, members can be upgraded to VIP. VIP membership of Eastern Miles can be divided into two tiers: Golden Card membership and Silver Card membership. VIP membership can enjoy extra privileged services.[10]

Eastern Miles VIP Membership Tiers
Tier Level Benefits Requirements
Gold
  • Priority seat reservation 48 hours before flight takeoff
  • Priority for waitlisting and class upgrade
  • First Class Lounge Access with a companion
  • Extra Luggage Allowance: 40kg for domestic flights and 20kg for international flights
  • Priority baggage handling with First Class tag
  • Usage of check-in formalities at First Class Counter with a companion

80000 Elite Points

Silver
  • Priority seat reservation 72 hours before flight takeoff
  • Priority for waitlisting and class upgrade
  • Business Class Lounge Access
  • Extra Luggage Allowance: 20kg for domestic flights and 10kg for international flights
  • Priority baggage handling with Business Class tag
  • Usage of check-in formalities at Business Class Counter

40000 Elite Points

Crane Club (Former Frequent-Flyer Program)[edit]

Crane Club (simplified Chinese: 金鹤俱乐部; traditional Chinese: 金鶴俱樂部) was the frequent-flyer program of Shanghai Airlines prior to the merger with China Eastern Airlines. However, Shanghai Airlines announced on April 2011 [11] that the Crane Club will be merged into China Eastern's Eastern Miles Program. It was officially merged into Eastern Miles on June 8, 2011. After the merger, members can earn and use their mileage on China Eastern's flights.

The Crane Club had two tiers: Crane Club Gold and Silver.[12] The following chart shows the old program.

Crane Club Membership Tiers
Tier Level Benefits Requirements
Gold
  • Awarded Miles: 30% bonus miles with the original standard as the base
  • Priority Seat Reservation: Priority for seat reservation of full-price Economy Class 48 hours before flight takeoff
  • Priority Check-in: Check-in formalities at First Class Counter with a companion
  • VIP Lounge Access: In First Class Lounge with a companion
  • Priority Boarding
  • Priority Luggage Handling: Placed with First Class tag or Business Class tag if there's no First Class.

100,000 upgrade mileage or 70 sectors respectively in consecutive 12 months

Silver
  • Awarded Miles: 15% bonus miles with the original standard as the base
  • Priority Seat Reservation: Priority for seat reservation of full-price Economy Class 72 hours before flight takeoff
  • Priority Check-in: Check-in formalities at Business Class Counter
  • VIP Lounge Access: In Business Class Lounge
  • Priority Luggage Handling: Placed with Business Class tag

50,000 upgrade mileage or 35 sectors respectively in consecutive 12 months

Cargo[edit]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

Shanghai Airlines, with the contribution of its well-recognized Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) program, has had zero accidents, fatalities or severe damage to its aircraft in its history, making it one of the safest airlines in Asia.[13]

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