Will she make it in time? Intrepid online flight trackers apparently think so.
On social media, Taylor Swift fans and aviation journalists believe they have identified Swift’s private jet labeled “Football Era.” It arrived from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport at LAX Airport in Los Angeles shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time.
Her plans to move on to Las Vegas, where her boyfriend, NFL star Travis Kelce, will play in Sunday’s Super Bowl, have not yet been revealed.
Representatives for Swift and VistaJet, the world’s only global private jet company, did not immediately respond to an AP request for comment.
Swift’s latest song was still ringing in the ears of thousands of fans at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday night as the singer hurried to a private jet at Haneda Airport, presumably embarking on a well-researched trip to see the Kelce.
“We’re all going to go on a big adventure,” Swift told the crowd earlier. She was talking about music, but she could also be describing her race against time, which is supposed to cross nine time zones and an international date line.
With a final bow at the end of her sold-out performance, wearing a blue sequined dress, crowd screaming, strobe lights flashing, confetti falling, Swift disappeared under the stage and her journey to the other side of the world began.
Her anticipated trip to see Kelce’s Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers game in Las Vegas has fueled imaginations and speculation for weeks.
“I hope she can come back in time. It’s so romantic,” said office worker Hitomi Takahashi, 29, who bought matching Taylor Swift sweaters with a friend and posed for photos just outside the Tokyo Dome.
About an hour after the concert ended, AP reporters were near Haneda’s private jet when minivans pulled up and someone entered the door as four to five people with large black umbrellas blocked their view of the person.
At the concert, there was ample evidence of the unique cultural phenomenon that is the Swift-Kelce relationship, the nexus of pro football and Swift’s sheer star power. In addition to people wearing sequined outfits celebrating Swift, there were Kelce jerseys and caps and other Chiefs gear.
Some have spent thousands of dollars this week to attend the pop star’s concerts.
“Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone,” Swift sang.
She won’t find that Sunday in Las Vegas with a sold-out crowd watching, not to mention millions around the world.
To call the global scrutiny of Swift’s travels intense would be an understatement.
Fans followed her plane. The planet-warming carbon emissions of her world travels have been criticized. Officials weighed her ability to park the plane at Las Vegas airports.
Even Japanese diplomats got in on the action. The Japanese Embassy in Washington announced on social media that she could arrive in time for the Super Bowl, including three Swift song titles – “Speak Now”, “Fearless” and “Red” – in their statement.
“If she leaves Tokyo the night after the concert, she should comfortably arrive in Las Vegas before the Super Bowl starts,” it said.
Takahashi, a fan at the Tokyo Dome, was aware of the criticism Swift has faced over her private jets, but said the singer had been unfairly singled out.
“A lot of other people fly for business, but she’s here for her job. She faces bumps because she’s famous and she stands out,” Takahashi said.
Swift has been traveling the world this week.
Before coming to Asia, she attended the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where she won her 14th Grammy and a record fourth Album of the Year award for “Midnights”. The show was watched by almost 17 million people. She also surprisingly announced that her next album will be ready for release in April.
Then four concerts in Tokyo, and now the trip back to the US. The Chiefs have watched Kelce for most of the season.
Swift is expected to fly to Australia later this week to continue her tour.
“This week is truly chaos at its best,” she posted on Instagram on Wednesday.