Nordair started operations in 1957 primarily as a transatlantic charter and cargo carrier but developed into a regional carrier based out of its Montreal, Quebec headquarters. In comparison to its French speaking neighbour Quebecair Nordair was an English speaking airline. Three FH-227Bs joined the fleet in 1971/72.
The FH-227 was a 1.83m stretched version of the F-27 independently developed by Fairchild as a 56 seater. 78 were sold which I guess isn't a bad return seeing as this was the 1960s and it was a simple stretch. In the early 80s Nordair added two extra FH-227s of which this model was one of the two. All five served until the merger with Canadian Pacific when Nordair's prop ops were transferred to Inter-Canadien. The FH-227s were disposed of almost immediately though most survived long enough to get Canadian titling.
The Compass Rose colourscheme was introduced in 1984. Apparently 'the compass rose points North, reflecting Nordair's northern origins whilst its points in other directions indicated Nordair's growth into many new markets'. Whatever the case it was a major improvement over the rather bland all blue scheme with the N on the tail.
This aircraft C-GNDH was originally delivered to Ozark as N4220 in December 1967. She was sold to ACES Colombia ten years later as HK-1981X (later HK-1981) and then to TAT four years later as F-GDAH. By August 1988 she was back in Europe, this time with Malmo Aviation as SE-KGA. She was operated by Sweden Airways, Air Nordic and Newair until her sale in 1998 as N529LE to LegionAir Express. Sold again to Rollins Air in 2000 as HR-ARZ she seems never to have been operated and remained engineless for at least nine years. Presumably she's been scrapped since the last photo I could find in 2009.
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