The Super Bowl is coming up on February 11, 2024, and will be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Kansas City Chiefs will be playing against either the San Francisco 49ers or Detroit Lions (depending on which team wins that game).
As you’d expect, airlines are adding many flights to Las Vegas in the days around the Super Bowl, especially from the cities where the teams are located, for fans who want to see the game in person. Along those lines, American Airlines is having a little bit of fun with its flight numbers to and from Kansas City.
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American operating AA1989 & AA87 Kansas City flights
American will be operating nonstop flights from Kansas City to Las Vegas, but the airline isn’t just using any flight numbers.
Rather, the carrier’s flight from Kansas City to Las Vegas prior to the Super Bowl will have the flight number AA1989. This is obviously in honor of Taylor Swift (and her “1989” album), as she has created a whole new kind of fan base for football…
Meanwhile American’s flight from Las Vegas to Kansas City after the Super Bowl will have the flight number AA87, honoring the jersey number of her beau, Travis Kelce.
Look, we all know the reason that the Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl is because of Taylor Swift’s amazing support, so it’s nice to see her being recognized for that. She deserves the credit. The Kansas City Chiefs would be nowhere without her.
I’m just kidding. I have no skin in the game. I actually didn’t know who was going to be in the Super Bowl or when it was going to be until I saw the below. But for some reason, people seem really angry about Taylor Swift making their sport less manly, or something, so I’ll play along.
This kind of numbering of flights is nothing new, as I’ve written in the past about how airlines have fun with flight numbers. For example, American ordinarily has flight AA777 to Las Vegas, flight AA1492 to Columbus, and flight AA1776 to Philadelphia.
The more interesting Taylor Swift flight situation
Perhaps the more interesting Super Bowl Taylor Swift flight question involves her own schedule. Swift is performing a concert in Tokyo at 6PM on Saturday, February 10, 2024, and plans to attend the Super Bowl, which starts at 3:30PM on Sunday, February 11, 2024.
She’ll be able to make this without issue, given the 17-hour time difference between Tokyo and Las Vegas, thanks to the International Date Line. Her private jet could make that ~5,550-mile flight in around 10 hours at most, so she’ll even land seven hours before she departs (based on the local time in each place).
So she won’t even need to rush, and could even make it to Las Vegas by Saturday night, if she wanted to. For example, if she took off at 11PM on Saturday, she could be in Las Vegas by around 4PM on Saturday. You’ve gotta love time travel!
American Airlines is having some fun with the flight numbers for its special Super Bowl flights, as the airline is operating flight AA1989 from Kansas City to Las Vegas, and flight AA87 from Las Vegas to Kansas City. Kudos to the person at American who came up with this!
What do you make of American’s Super Bowl flight numbers?