Shanghai Airlines

Shanghai Airlines, established in 1985, was the first airline in China not to be solely funded by government sources. Originally purely a domestic flight carrier, Shanghai Airlines expanded its operations in 1997 when it began international flights, and it has grown ever since. Headquartered in Shanghai, with its hubs at both Shanghai airports, the airline merged with rival, and fellow Shanghai based carrier China Eastern Airlines in 2010. Despite being a wholly owned subsidiary, its operations are kept separate, and it has kept its familiar livery. The airline has a large domestic network of routes, while its international flights focus on Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand.

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Online Booking

Since Shanghai Airlines is part of China Eastern Airlines, all tickets are booked through the parent company’s website. Alternatively, many customers find it easier to simply use an online booking service such as Skyscanner or Ctrip. The website also allows passengers to check-in, verify their tickets (if booking from a third-party website), and check their flight status.


Shanghai Airlines’ fleet consists of 87 aircrafts, of which 65 are Boeing 737-800s. Boeing 737-800s have two classes of seats. Business Class seats are recliners with a 36-inch pitch and 20-inch width, while Economy Class seats have a 31-inch pitch and 17-inch width.

Online and Mobile Check-In

Online check-in is also done through the China Eastern Airlines website. Passengers will need to retrieve their booking by entering their ID number, passport number, or ticket number, as well as their name. For flights to and from the US or Canada, online check-in is open 24 hours before the departure time. For all other destinations, online check-in is available 48 hours before departure.

Baggage Allowances

For most flights, the baggage allowance is two 23 kg pieces for Economy Class, two 32 kg pieces for Economy Extra and Business Class, and three 32 kg pieces for First Class. Excess baggage charges are applicable at different rates if the luggage is oversized or overweight, usually starting at a rate of 1,000 yuan (HK$1144) per piece.

Service on Board

In-flight entertainment and dining is available on long haul flights only. All seats are equipped with individual TV screens and AC power units. Options for in-flight dining usually include Chinese and Western meals, as well as complimentary fruits, snacks, and drinks. Special meals are also available upon request, which must be submitted at least 24 hours before the departure time.

Ticket Refund and Changing Policies

Refunds and changing policies are based on the conditions of the fare. Customers should check their e-ticket to figure out if their ticket is refundable. If the ticket is unused, there is usually a refund fee associated.

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