"Is El AL returning direct service or is it codeshare through AC or AA? "
Its a codeshare with North American. Regularly serviced by their 737-800 and 757-200.
Its too bad EK went for SFO instead of ORD. But who knows in the future..
Right now Im hunting at ORD for a Grupo TACA pic. (Started service to ORD last month)
The rumor mill has it that ANA and VS will resume service to ORD this summer while Pakistan will start service when they get their 777s.
IMO ORD gets pretty good asian service as it is but i would like to see more. We do see Singapore, Royal Jordanian, JAL, Korean, SIA, Air India, THY Turkish, Kuwait Airways, plus alot of cargo/chartered pax such as Air China, China Airlines, China Eastern and Eva Air.
I wouldnt count on Varig, CSA returning anytime soon....