American Airlines has hopped on the Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift bandwagon, after the Kansas City Chiefs advanced to next month’s Super Bowl in Las Vegas.
Patrick Mahomes, Kelce and Co defeated the Baltimore Ravens 17-10 in the AFC Championship to book themselves a spot in the big game once again.
American Airlines posted a flight from Kansas to Vegas – numbered AA 1989 – the day before the Super Bowl, and return flight from Vegas to KC, numbered AA 87.
The flight numbers were clear homages to Swift’s 1989 album and Kelce’s jersey number, which is 87.
Although some NFL fans have called for the league and media covering the sport to focus less on Kelce and Swift’s relationship, those interested in the couple were treated to a huge moment after they kissed on the field following the Chiefs win.
American Airlines released flights with the numbers 1989 and 87 for Super Bowl weekend
The flight numbers were clear and obvious homages to Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift
Kelce found his girlfriend as he waited for the AFC Championship trophy presentation in emotional scenes, and Swift looked almost tearful as the couple had a moment to celebrate together with the eyes of the world on them.
And when Kelce duly got on stage and took the mic, he was euphoric – channeling the Beastie Boys by shouting: ‘You’ve got to fight for your right to party!’
Swift now turns her attention to four nights of her blockbuster Eras Tour in Japan’s capital from February 7-10, before she is set to race back to the Allegiant Stadium on the west coast for the biggest night in America’s sporting calendar.
She and Travis took center stage for the post-game celebrations but during the showdown itself, the singer appeared frustrated at appearing on the CBS coverage around the midway stage. She could be seen clearly saying ‘go away, please’ with the camera lingering on her in a VIP suite while advertising next weekend’s Grammy’s.
The couple shared a kiss on the field after the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Baltimore Ravens
She’s going to have to accept it on February 11, though, given she will travel thousands of miles to make the game.
The 17-hour time difference works in her favor on her return to the US from Japan and it will be the 13th Chiefs game this season that Swift will have cheered the team on for – her lucky number.
But with luck on their side or not, judging by Sunday’s showing Kelce and his Chiefs are going to take some stopping after a frankly sensational 17-10 win in Baltimore – the team that most people felt were nailed on to win the Super Bowl altogether, let alone the game today.
Kelce scored a touchdown in the first quarter and went on to pass Jerry Rice’s NFL postseason record of 151 receptions in another magnificent, career-defining display.