The only thing more exciting than the Super Bowl? Flying around the world to watch it up close.
It's been an NFL season like no other with Taylor Swift in the stands. The 14-time Grammy winner and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce lit up the world with the news of their relationship, and five months later, she will be traveling across the globe to see him try to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.
Swift is one of the biggest stories in the NFL this season — so much so that the news of her concert possibly conflicting with the Super Bowl was the worst thing you ever heard.
Fear not, though. The singer is a mastermind, and she seems to have a plan in place to make it to Las Vegas for Kelce.
Taylor Swift flight tracker
The Sporting News will provide updates of Taylor Swift's journey from Tokyo to Las Vegas as they become available (all times ET).
3:55 p.m. — "Taylor Swift is in Las Vegas," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported. "She has made it. Taylor Swift is here. She has flown from Tokyo, where she had a concert, to LAX, to Vegas."
Exactly when she arrived in Las Vegas is unclear, as Rapoport made his report an hour ago but jet tracker Jack Sweeney had a plane connected to Swift as landing at 12:55 p.m. PT (3:55 p.m. ET).
9 a.m. — It wasn't clear overnight how Taylor Swift planned to travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. It's a short one-hour flight, but the private jet parking situation is booked solid at the four airports surrounding Vegas. Swift could also travel by car, with about four hours of drive time between the cities.
6:34 p.m. — Touchdown! Or rather, touch down. The plane has landed in Los Angeles. It will now need to find a place to park so she can de-plane.
Taylor Swift has officially touched down in Los Angeles from Tokyo, Japan. pic.twitter.com/07kPjNDeuP— Muliani (@MulianiEnt) February 10, 2024
6:31 p.m. — Swift's plane has been cleared for the final approach.
6:25 p.m. — Five minutes, folks. Five minutes to go. Her plane is over Los Angeles.
6:19 p.m. — Just under 10 minutes to go. The plane is currently above Thousand Oaks.
6:14 p.m. — Less than 15 minutes away now. Her plane is just about over land.
5:52 p.m. — The countdown is on. Swift is just over 30 minutes away from landing in Los Angeles.
4:25 p.m. — Los Angeles is in sight. Well, maybe not just yet. But The Football Era jet is now halfway between Hawaii and California, with just under two hours to go until it arrives at 3:19 p.m. PT.
3:37 p.m. — Little news over the past hour. Swift's flight continues to be on time as it is scheduled to land around 3:19 p.m. PT.
2:35 p.m. — Swift's plane is now just north of Hawaii, meaning it still has just over three hours left to go until it reaches Los Angeles. The ETA has now been moved up to 3:07 p.m. PT.
1:50 p.m. — Swift didn't just have The Football Era ready. She apparently had a second jet ready in case there were any issues. Appropriately, the second jet appears to be called The Backup Quarterback.
"The Football Era" is on its way to LAX and the "Backup Quarterback" is now going back to doing whatever a Global 6000 does when it's not on standby for a VVVVIP. pic.twitter.com/BeTjJyDsv6— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) February 10, 2024
1:09 p.m. — Swift has passed over the international date line. The ETA has not changed much, now being listed as 2:35 p.m. PT.
12 p.m. — Swift's flight is en route to Los Angeles, currently over the Pacific Ocean, and has an ERA of 2:22 p.m. PT, about two hours earlier than the original time listed by the flight.
10:35 a.m. — Taylor Swift is on her way back to the United States, according to Flight Radar. Swift is expected to be traveling on board the charter flight VJT993, which took off from Tokyo's Haneda Airport at 11:36 p.m. local time. The plane is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at 4:21 p.m. PT Saturday.
The jet's info listed on Flight Radar includes a name The Football Era, a playful nod to fans hoping Swift would attend Super Bowl 58.
This isn't a mistake. (The Football Era) attached to the jet info? You have no claims that this is about privacy or safety. This makes it seem like you want to be tracked. pic.twitter.com/gDhFhcl1h9— Jack Sweeney (@Jxck_Sweeney) February 10, 2024
Tokyo to Las Vegas flight time
Flight time from Tokyo to Las Vegas is around 12 hours. Swift performed an Eras Tour show in Tokyo the day before the Super Bowl, but with help from time change, she had ample time to fly to Nevada after the end of her concert.
Indeed, the U.S. Embassy of Japan confirmed she could make it in time.
🇯🇵 Statement from the Embassy of Japan on Taylor Swift’s Reported Travel from Japan to the United States ✈️🏈 Are you ready for it? pic.twitter.com/wFKadehTJk— Japan Embassy DC🌸 (@JapanEmbDC) February 2, 2024
What time is the Super Bowl 2024?
The Super Bowl is an all-day event. Fans begin celebrating early in the morning, hours before teams even arrive at the stadium.
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday, though it's always a few minutes later in reality.
Depending on how the game goes, the halftime show will begin around 8 p.m., and the game will conclude around 10:30 p.m. ET.
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What time is it in Tokyo?
Tokyo is 17 hours ahead of Las Vegas, which is in the Pacific Time Zone.
Swift took the stage around 6 p.m. Saturday in Japan to put on a three-hour show, which put her on track to be on her way to the airport as early as 10 p.m.
In Las Vegas, that translated to 5 a.m. Saturday, giving the singer plenty of time to make the return flight to the U.S.
Taylor Swift tour dates 2024
Swift will visit three countries during her international tour before taking a break during most of March and April. When she takes the stage again in May, it'll be to kick off the European leg.
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