Shanghai Airlines 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. Its bases are Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.
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 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.In 2010, the merger was completed.