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|Ceased operations||1987 (purchased Pacific Western Airlines and Canadian Pacific Air Lines to form Canadian Airlines International)|
|Destinations||Canada, United States|
|Key people||Fernand “Frank” Henley, Founder and VP|
The airline operated from the 1940s to the 1980s. Initially, most of its business was international and transatlantic passenger and freight charters and other contracts. It also operated scheduled flights to a number of destinations in eastern Canada and the Northwest Territories. Nordair flew out of Montreal's two airports: initially from Dorval Airport, now Montréal–Trudeau International Airport, and later from Montréal–Mirabel International Airport as this latter airfield did not open until 1975. It was headquartered in Montreal with operations at Dorval, Quebec and their head office at 1320 Boulevard Graham in Mont Royal.
Nordair was operating scheduled passenger services in July 1959 utilizing Douglas DC-3 and Douglas DC-4 propeller aircraft with routings of Montreal - Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit) - Cape Dyer Airport; Montreal - Roberval - Fort Chimo (now Kuujjuaq) - Frobisher Bay; and Montreal - Quebec City - Roberval - Chibougamau.
The airline was still operating scheduled passenger flights 20 years later. According to Nordair's July 1, 1979 system timetable and route map, jet service was being operated as far west as Winnipeg and as far north as the Resolute Bay Airport in the Canadian Arctic with a number of destinations in Ontario and Quebec in Canada being served including Montreal (via Dorval Airport), Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City, Hamilton, Ontario and Windsor, Ontario as well as Pittsburgh in the United States, primarily with Boeing 737-200 jetliners but also with Fairchild Hiller FH-227 turboprop aircraft. The airline was also operating scheduled passenger flights in 1975 with Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprop aircraft primarily to destinations in Quebec. Nordair was continuing to operate scheduled passenger flights in 1986 primarily with Boeing 737-200 jets.
Introduction of Boeing 737 jet aircraftEdit
The airline was operating Boeing 737-200 passenger jet service in 1969 in both scheduled and charter operations according to the June 15, 1970 Nordair system timetable which contained the following marketing message concerning its leisure charter flights: SUNNY HOLIDAYS - BLUE TAIL JET CHARTER FLIGHTS TO THE SUN....BARBADOS - JAMAICA - BAHAMAS - FLORIDA - MEXICO. This same timetable also lists scheduled passenger service operated by Nordair with the Boeing 737-200 between Montreal Dorval and Fort Chimo (now Kuujjuaq), Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit), Great Whale (now Kuujjuarapik), Hamilton and Resolute.
Merger and aftermathEdit
Nordair was purchased by Canadian Pacific Air Lines which had operated as CP Air. On March 27, 1987, Pacific Western Airlines purchased Canadian Pacific Air Lines and then emerged as Canadian Airlines. The jet operation was absorbed into Canadian Airlines, while the turboprop operations were absorbed into Inter-Canadien. In 2000, that airline was acquired by Air Canada.
Intair, a scheduled passenger airline that was based in Canada and operated jet and turboprop aircraft, used Nordair's two letter "ND" airline code for its domestic flights in eastern Canada in 1989 until it ceased operations and went out of business.
Another company called Nordair Quebec 2000 Incorporated operated in 2000 as a domestic regional carrier and cargo operator in Quebec, but the licence and licence applications for the airline were suspended in 2006 by Transport Canada, and again the Nordair name disappeared from the airline industry
- Dryden, Dryden Regional Airport
- Hamilton, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
- Kingston, Kingston Norman Rogers Airport
- Oshawa, Oshawa Executive Airport
- Ottawa, Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport
- Sarnia, Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport
- Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Ste. Marie Airport
- Sudbury, Sudbury Airport
- Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay International Airport
- Toronto, Malton Airport
- Windsor, Windsor International Airport
- Raglan Mines (Asbestos Hill / Deception Bay), Kattiniq/Donaldson Airport
- Bagotville (La Baie), Bagotville Airport
- Chibougamau, Chibougamau/Chapais Airport
- Dolbeau, Dolbeau-Saint-Félicien Airport
- Kuujjuaq (formerly known as Fort Chimo), Kuujjuaq Airport
- Great Whale / Poste-de-la-Baleine (now Kuujjuarapik), Kuujjuarapik Airport
- Matagami, Matagami Airport
- Montreal, Montréal–Mirabel International Airport
- Montreal, Montréal–Trudeau International Airport (Dorval Airport)
- Quebec City, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
- Radisson (La Grande), La Grande Rivière Airport
- Roberval, Roberval Airport
- Rouyn-Noranda, Rouyn-Noranda Airport
- Val-d'Or, Val-d'Or Airport
- Arctic Bay, Nanisivik Airport
- Broughton Island (now Qikiqtarjuaq), Broughton Island Airport
- Cape Dorset (now Kinngait), Cape Dorset Airport
- Cape Dyer, Cape Dyer Airport
- Clyde River / Cape Christian, Clyde River Airport
- Coral Harbour, Coral Harbour Airport
- Hall Beach (now Sanirajak), Hall Beach Airport
- Igloolik, Igloolik Airport
- Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit), Iqaluit Airport
- Nanisivik, Nanisivik Airport
- Pangnirtung, Pangnirtung Airport
- Pelly Bay (now Kugaaruk), Kugaaruk Airport
- Resolute, Resolute Bay Airport
- Northwest Territories
Outside of CanadaEdit
Most of the flights to the United States, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe were charter flights, as Nordair operated only a few scheduled passenger services outside of Canada.
- North America
- The Bahamas
- United States
- Detroit, Detroit Metropolitan Airport
- Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport
- Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport
- Miami, Miami International Airport
- New York City, John F. Kennedy International Airport
- Omaha, Eppley Airfield
- Orlando, Orlando International Airport
- Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh International Airport
- Tampa Bay, St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport
- SeaTac, Washington, Seattle–Tacoma International Airport
- Van Nuys, Van Nuys Airport
- Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
- Athens, Ellinikon International Airport
- Budapest, Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
- Copenhagen, Copenhagen Airport
- Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Airport
- Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport
- Glasgow, Abbotsinch Airport
- London, Gatwick Airport
- Manchester, Manchester Airport
- Shannon, Shannon Airport
Military contract flight servicesEdit
Nordair served as an air service contractor to the Canadian Armed Forces, including ice reconnaissance missions flown with a Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprop aircraft and United States Air Force support flights to Distant Early Warning Line stations from Alaska to Baffin Island.
Nordair had the following aircraft registered by Transport Canada and listed in their timetables. Over the years they had at least 40 aircraft.
|Beechcraft||At least one aircraft. Not listed with Transport Canada|
|Boeing 737||15||737-200||Gravel strip equipped, includes combi aircraft|
|Consolidated PBY Catalina||Flying boat. At least one aircraft listed as a Canso. Not listed with Transport Canada|
|Curtiss C-46 Commando||At least one aircraft. Not listed with Transport Canada|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver||1||Beaver I|||
|de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter||2|||
|de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter||At least one aircraft. Not listed with Transport Canada|
|Douglas C-47 Skytrain||At least one aircraft. Not listed with Transport Canada|
|Douglas DC-3||1||DC-3SC||Former Douglas C-47 Skytrain military aircraft|
|Douglas DC-4||At least one aircraft. Not listed with Transport Canada|
|Douglas DC-6||DC-6A, DC-6B||At least two aircraft. Not listed with Transport Canada|
|Douglas DC-8||1||DC-8-52||Operated on charter services|
|Fairchild FH-227||4||FH-227B, FH-227D, FH-227E|||
|Grumman G-73 Mallard||At least one aircraft. Not listed with Transport Canada|
|Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation||L-1049G, L-1049H||At least two aircraft. Not listed with Transport Canada|
|Lockheed L-188 Electra||2||L-188C|||
|Piper PA-31 Navajo||1||PA-31 Navajo|||
|Short SC.7 Skyvan||At least one aircraft. Not listed with Transport Canada|
Nordair also operated de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter STOL capable turboprop aircraft during the early and mid 1970s in scheduled passenger service between the community of Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit) and various local destinations in this region of the Canadian Arctic.
Another type operated by the airline was the Grumman G-73 Mallard amphibious aircraft which had been converted with turboprop engines and was capable of landing on both land and water (see above photo).
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- On 6 February 1973, the Douglas C-47B CF-HTH was damaged beyond economic repair when it was hit by a vehicle at an airport in Montreal.
- On 15 November 1975, Douglas C-47 C-FCSC was damaged beyond economic repair by a fire at La Grande Rivière Airport, Radisson, Quebec.
- On 31 March 1977 Lockheed L-188 Electra CF-NAZ, while parked on the ramp at CFB Summerside, was severely damaged when a Canadian Armed Forces CP-107 (tail 10737) attempted a three-engine landing in bad weather. She was later rebuilt in Van Nuys and re-registered as C-GNDZ.
- World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 20, 1975. "495.
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- "Nordair timetable". July 1, 1979. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
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- "Nordair timetable". May 3, 1964. pp. 1–2. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
- "Grumman G-73 Mallard, CF-UOT". Retrieved December 11, 2021.
- "Nordair timetable, April 29, 1974". pp. 3–4. Retrieved December 11, 2021.
- "Convair 580 - Nordair Metro". Retrieved December 8, 2021.
- "CF-HTH Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
- "C-FCSC Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
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