Shanghai Airlines


Shanghai Airlines

Infobox Airline
airline = Shanghai Airlines
上海航空公司
"Shànghǎi Hángkōng Gōngsī"

logo_size = 300px
IATA = FM
ICAO = CSH
callsign = SHANGHAI AIR
founded = 1985
headquarters = Shanghai, China
hubs = Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
frequent_flyer = Flying Crane
fleet_size = 53 (+24 orders) incl. cargo
alliance = Star Alliance
destinations = 71 (5 to start in 2008/09)
key_people = Zhou Chi (President)
Fan Hongxi (CEO)
website = http://www.shanghai-air.com

Shanghai Airlines Co., Ltd. SSE|600591 (上海航空公司) is an airline based in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. It operates domestic and international services. Its main bases are Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.Flight International 12-18 April 2005] It also retains a few flights at Nanjing and Hangzhou, and is one of the most concentrated "hub and spoken" airlines in China.Shanghai Airlines is currently being considered by the chinese government for a merger with China Eastern. [ [http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a13U0d2zOsWI ] ]

History

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. 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 Fact|date=February 2007. 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. [http://www.airsafe.com/events/regions/as_nofat.htm]

Shanghai Airlines does not plan to merge with other airlines and will concentrate on being an independent airline, with Shanghai as its hub, according to Shanghai Airlines Vice Managing Director Gu Jiadan. [ [http://www.atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=10291 ATW: Shanghai Airlines plans to 'go its own way,' denies merger speculation ] ]

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. [ [http://english.people.com.cn/200705/24/eng20070524_377444.html People's Daily Onlinendash Shanghai Airlines lays out growth plan ] ]

Destinations

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.

Shanghai Airlines has also indicated it will fly to Mumbai, India twice a week from the 29th October, 2008 [http://www.2point6billion.com/2008/09/19/shanghai-airlines-to-fly-shanghai-mumbai/] .

Codeshare agreements

Livery

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

References

External links

* [http://www.shanghai-air.com/ Shanghai Airlines]

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