Roundtrip first class fares between Lahore or Karachi, Pakistan and New York JFK are widely available for travel on Etihad — including Etihad’s Airbus A380 First Class Apartment — for less than $3500.
Here’s a sample roundtrip:
One-way fares between Pakistan and New York are available in first class for less than $2000.
There’s no minimum stay on the roundtrip fares. There’s no advance purchase. And the fares are refundable.
American Airlines codeshares are being sold much less expensively than Etihad sells their own flights for.
You’ll want to fly Etihad’s Airbus A380 and not their Boeing 777 between Abu Dhabi and the US. The fare is valid for either aircraft (and starting June 1, both daily Abu Dhabi – New York flights will be operated by A380s).
Indeed Etihad has the world’s best first class on their Airbus A380.
American Airlines codeshares operated by Etihad earn in AAdvantage like an American Airlines flight. This fare earns double elite qualifying miles, and redeemable miles as well as (for travel January 1 onward) elite qualifying dollars based on the fare itself.
This is expensive, of course, but it’s closer to what you’d expect for a reasonable business fare than a first class fare. I’ve already shared it with a friend whose family lives in Lahore and comes to the US often.