Not a hunt but, I have an opportunity to go to Israel on a tour of the holy land in September. I've started to look at airlines and it looks like I'll have to change planes, and probably airlines somewhere in Europe. I've been told that American Airlines does not play nice with other airlines, in that if they're late or cancel a flight, they don't tell the next leg airline and I'll end up getting my next leg cancelled as a no-show and I'll be stuck at the terminal. I'll be travelling business class and my questions are: 1 - is this true? American Airlines has a really convenient flight schedule thru Rome. 2 - are there any airlines that are more dependable for international connections? 3 - I am not fond of Air France and would prefer to avoid them if possible, but will use them if nothing else is available. 4- Since it will be December, I'd like to stay away from airports that are prone to being closed due to weather. 5- Any suggestions and/or comments are appreciated.