|Altair Airlines Nord N-262A-27, N274A, is shown landing at Baltimore/Washington Airport in December 1980 wearing the carrier's old livery.|
|Altair Airlines Nord N-262A-30, N487A, is shown at Baltimore/Washington in December 1980 wearing the carrier's new livery.
Altair began operations in 1966 as a commuter carrier. The carrier's route system extended from New England to the Carolinas. On October 15, 1980, the airline began operating 74-seat Fokker F28 jets. A hub-and-spoke system centered around Philadelphia was established linking cities in New England with Florida and Mid-Atlantic states. McDonnell Douglas DC-9s were also acquired before the airline ran into financial difficulties and ceased operations on November 9, 1982.