US and European carriers take a different approach concerning their "Premium Cabin" on short-haul narrow body flights (say flights of 3 hours or less).
US carriers offer traditional first class seating, with bigger seats (2+2) and extra legroom, but on short haul flights, in-flight services have been cut with meals services only being offered on longer segments and other ammenities eliminated.
European carriers use the forward part of their cabin for business class, and the business class seats are sometimes the same as economy, or window and aisle seats are only used, and some airlines have flex-seating that allows the traditional 3+3 seating to be converted into a 2+3 arrangement. Legroom is the same as in coach, but inflight service is generally very good with full meal services and the like.
Which do you think is the better approach? Europeans have more or less given up on premium fares on short-haul segments, and a full fare coach ticket (which can still be rather expensive) will land you in the business class cabin. US first class, in recent times, has become the cabin for premium frequent flyers and full fare coach passenges using automatic upgrading procedures, with less and less pax actually paying a first class fare.
Please remember I am talking only about short haul. Thanks.