100% feel that way! It's a little ridiculous, after all we put up with them trans-con just fine but then complain when it's transatlantic, and the trips are about identical in length...
Last summer I had x2 family events to get to within a couple of weeks of each other and the cheapest routing was AA
on each occasion.
Interior was ratty as hell, IFE was same as domestic, and the whole experience was just depressing. I kept trying to tell myself, 'hey it's just like going across the Atlantic in a 707, as our parents did, this could be chic and jetset', but it was sooooo far from that.
Actually the thing that would have made all the difference would have been AA
's newer Y seats with the adjustable headrest like the MD
-80s instead of the skyblue cloth seats that sag and only come halfway up your back...