Spring Airlines is a regional low cost carrier operating scheduled services from Shanghai, primarily to secondary cities across China, including Guilin, Kunming, Haikou, Nanchang, Qingdao, Sanya, Tianjin, Xiamen, Yantai and Zhuhai. International Charter services link Shanghai destinations in Japan. Seasonal charters are also flown.
Established as 'China's first low cost carrier' a subsidiary of Spring Travel, by Wang Zhenghua, Spring became the third privately-owned airline to be created in China (after United Eagle and East Star). The initial service was to Yantai in the Shandong province. The airline originally focussed on the tourism travel market but subsequently placed more emphasis on attracting business travellers.
A planned stock exchange listing, previously planned for 2009 was postponed. In July 2009 the airline received CAAC authorisation to introduce services linking mainland China with Hong Kong, Macao and neighbouring countries, including Japan, Russia and South Korea. Regular charter services to the first of up to 20 planned Japanese destinations were launched in March 2011.