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Shandong Airlines

Shandong Airlines

Shandong Airlines, known as SDA, is an airline operating in major cities and truck routes in China. It flies from Jinan, Qingdao, and Yantai to various parts of China. It is owned by Air China and is a stakeholder in another airline in the country, namely Sichuan Airlines.

Shandong Airlines was established in March of 1994 and began operating that same year as a provincial airline. It was invested in by twelve shareholders, which were chosen by the provincial government of Shandong. These shareholders included the Shandong Economy Development Investment Corporation, the Shandong Provincial Project Committee, the Jining Investment Corporation, the Shengli Oil Corporation, the Qilu Petro-Chemical Corporation, the Jinan Steel Group, the Laiwu Steel General Factory, and some others. In 1997, it became part of the Xinxing Aviation Alliance, comprised mainly of provincial airlines in China.

Fast Facts

• English name: Shandong Airlines
• Chinese name: 山东航空公司
• Main hubs: Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
• Focus cities: Qingdao Liuting International Airport, Yantai Laishan International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport
• Alliance member: Xinxing Aviation Alliance
• IATA code: SC
• ICAO code: CDG
• Call sign: SHANDONG
• Headquarters: Shandong Airlines Centre, No. 5746 Second Ring Road East, Jinan, Shandong, China
• Frequent flyer program: Phoenix Miles
• Official website: shandongair.com.cn
• Parent company: Air China, Shandong Airlines Group Co. Ltd.



Shandong Airlines is a fairly new addition to China Aviation, so it has yet to pull in its own achievements. However, based on its performance and rate of development, it seems like the airline is set to provide several achievements for the Air China group.

Currently, it is known as one of the most punctual airlines among civilian airlines in China and is one of the country’s 500 Most Valuable Brands.

Branches in China

Shandong Airlines has three branches, namely Sanlian Helicopter Co., Qingdao Helicopter Co., and SDA Jining Co. It currently employs 800 professional technicians, 85% of which are above-college quality and 80% of which are young, active individuals under age 35. One-thirds of these technicans have undergone professional training abroad. Shandong Airlines also has dozens of domestic and foreign air experts that serve as its consultants.

Main flights

The main flights of Shandong Airlines include the following major routes.

Dep. - Arr.

From - To


07:10 - 09:05

Beijing - Yinchuan


07:25 - 09:45

Beijing - Changsha


07:25 - 09:35

Beijing - Yinchuan


07:45 - 09:40

Beijing - Nanjing


07:45 - 10:15

Beijing - Wenzhou


07:50 - 10:35

Beijing - Xiamen


07:50 - 09:10

Beijing - Yantai


07:55 - 09:45

Beijing - Hangzhou


07:55 - 09:10

Beijing - Xilinhaote


08:35 - 11:15

Beijing - Fuzhou


08:45 - 10:05

Beijing - Qingdao


09:35 - 10:35

Beijing - Jinan


09:40 - 10:55

Beijing - Yantai


09:50 - 12:20

Beijing - Wenzhou


09:50 - 11:10

Beijing - Qingdao


Other highlights

Shandong Airlines is currently named as the fastest developing airline in China, and it was also previously commended for being the fastest to be constructed as it operated within the same year of its establishment.

The Shandong Aviation Group has also maintained its continual flight safety records for 17 straight years. Thus, it was awarded by the Golden Goose Cup and the Golden Eagle Cup for its safety record; the awards were granted by the Civil Aviation Administration. In total, it has received both awards four times.

In 2010, the airline also completed its millionth hour of incident-free flying. Following this, it received the Flight Safety Star Award.

Shandong Airline also often provides flight assistance for sporting events in China, including the 11th National Games and the 3rd Asian Beach Games held in Haiyang in 2012.

Fleet and Destination

As a provincial airline, Shandong Airlines is smaller and therefore has a smaller fleet of just 55 airplanes with an average age of 5 years. The fleet consists of:


  • 737-300
  • 737-700
  • 737-800



  • CRJ-200LR
  • CRJ-700ER



  • ARJ21-799

10 orders

The Boeing 737-300 planes are used for SDA’s main lines, of which there are 58, which totals to 200 flights per week.

Shandong Airlines also has 8 luxurious SAAB-340 planes for its branch line air routes, which sum up to 54 lines and 60 flights per week.

These airplanes fly to 45 destinations in total, including the following domestic destinations:

Beihai, Beijing - Beijing Capital International Airport, Changchun - Changchun Longjia International Airport, Changsha - Changsha Huanghua International Airport, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Dongsheng, Fuzhou, Ganzhou, Golmud, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Heihe, Hohhot, Jiayuguan, Jinan, Jining, Jingdezhen, Kashgar - Kashgar Airport, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lianyungang, Liuzhou, Luoyang, Mudanjiang, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Qingdao, Quzhou, Shanghai, Shantou, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi - Urumqi Diwopu International Airport, Wenzhou, Wuyishan, Xi'an, Xiamen, Xilinhot, Xining, Yantai, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou

Additionally, the airline also flies regional flights to Hong Kong and Taipei. The only international flights are to Seoul in South Korea via Incheon International Airport and to Japan.

In the past, Shandong Airlines also served Singapore but this service has since been stopped.

Aside from its regular flights, the airline also provides special planes for business and commercial purposes, such as public affairs, commercial affairs, charter plane business, and so on, but these require 10 booking days at the least.

Luggage Allowance

Provisions for carry-on and checked luggage for Shandong Airlines flights vary depending on the flight/route. Generally, passengers are allowed to have one piece of carry-on luggage and one to two pieces of checked luggage. Both should meet weight and size limits.

In-Flight Food

Shandong Airlines serves special meals upon request.

Special Services

Wheelchair service

Passengers are allowed to bring their own wheelchairs on the flight. However, for those who will require wheelchair service, a reservation is necessary prior to the flight.

Pregnant service

Standard rules regarding pregnant women and air travel apply. This means that women in the early stages of pregnancy can travel like regular passengers, while women in their 32nd to 36th weeks may travel as long as they present a health certificate issued within 7 days of departure by a licensed professional. Women who are in the late stages, however, will not be allowed to fly via Shandong Airlines.

Frequent Flyer Program

Shandong Airlines is part of Phoenix Miles, the frequent flyer program spearheaded by its parent company, Air China. This means that all passengers of Shandong Airlines can use their flights to earn miles on their Phoenix Miles account as long as they are members of the said program. Likewise, they can also earn miles by taking flights from Air China as well as its other affiliate and partner airlines.


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