Now that Internet is available almost everywhere in airplanes, the user’s attention has turned to the Internet’s speed. The ground-based system is typically slower than a usual home connection, while the satellite system offers competitive speed.
In July 2008, American Airlines was the first carrier to offer in-flight Internet service. The first routes were only within the continent, and since then most American airlines joined. However, intercontinental routes have been slow to add Internet service. Because in-flight Internet relies on transmitting signals to the ground, intercontinental flights still have to find a reliable and cost-effective way of providing passengers with Wi-Fi service when over water.