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American and United Launch Flights for the Super Bowl — With Clever Nods to Taylor Swift

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Major U.S. airlines are in their football era, celebrating the romance of Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce and superstar Taylor Swift in time for the Super Bowl.

To usher in the big game, United Airlines told Travel + Leisure the carrier will add fifteen direct flights to Las Vegas from both Kansas City and the San Francisco Bay Area. Of those, one will be named “UA 1989” — for the famous singer's hit album — and will take off on Feb. 9.

Another flight will be named “UA 2287,” which combines Swift’s song “22” with Kelce’s jersey number, 87, and is scheduled to take off the same day. In addition, United will fly “UA 1587” on Feb. 8, combining Kelce’s jersey number with the jersey number for quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

United also got creative for its flights from the San Francisco area, including naming one Feb. 9 flight “UA 1995,” for the last year the 49ers won the Super Bowl.

United is not alone in celebrating the star-powered romance. American Airlines is also planning to fly its very own “AA1989” flights from Kansas City to Las Vegas on both Feb. 9 and Feb. 10, the airline shared with T+L. The carrier will then operate flight “AA87” as a nod to Kelce from Las Vegas back to Kansas City on Feb. 12.

“We are excited to welcome football fans to the city, as they experience all that Las Vegas has to offer,” Lewis Townes, American Airlines’ director of Las Vegas operations, said in a statement shared with T+L. “These additional flights will give sports fans more direct travel options so that they can touch down, rally with fellow sports fans and cheer on their favorite team.”

Swift has been a regular fixture at Kansas City Chiefs games this year as she started dating Kelce, cheering the team on from luxury stadium boxes and hanging out with his family as well as Mahomes’ wife, Brittany Mahomes.

The 2024 Super Bowl will take place in Las Vegas in Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 11.

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