Ishky, currently, American Airlines has no plans to axe JFK-CAI-RUH. In fact, they realsed a press realease stating that they will not discontinue the popular flight handled by TW. Also, we forgot to mention that DL flies JFK-IST daily, though, technically, Istanbul is more Europe than the Middle East. AA codeshares with Turkish on MIA-IST, JFK-IST, and ORD-IST (14 flights a week between TK's three US destinations; 7x JFK, and 7x ORD/MIA depending on season (MIA is 3x during winter, 2x during summer)). As for new Middle Eastern routes, well, there isn't much. The biggest destination is TLV, and that market is pretty well served. Problem is, all the service is from JFK*! Why? How about AA starting thrice-weekly 777-200 service on MIA-TLV or ORD-TLV? They would have the market practically to themselves (though LY flies both MIA-TLV and ORD-TLV, but both via JFK), and they have the connections. Miami has America's second largest Jewish population and America's wealthiest Jewish population as well, plus, AA has no presence what so ever in Isreal (they had plans, what happened?). At ORD, AA would have strong connecting and O&D traffic, especially connecting traffic from the West. At MIA, the flight could practically survive on O&D alone, but there are also the connections it could get from Buenos Aires, with one of the world's largest Jewish populations (and there is still no non-stop service between EZE and TLV, nor any other Latin city, if I'm not mistaken). I think DL has some big plans for the Middle East if everything works with JFK-TLV and JFK-CAI-DXB. But why the MD11? I love the MD11, but a 772 would be better fit.