Flying from Tokyo, Japan to the United States to the Super Bowl and watching her boyfriend Travis Kelce perform was a big deal for pop superstar Taylor Swift, so big that she apparently had a second private jet waiting.
The existence of a second private jet for Swift, who was in Tokyo to perform a series of concerts, was reported on Saturday by FlightRadar24, a global flight tracking service, and aptly named “Backup Quarterback” on its website. Jason Rabinowitz, co-host of FlightRadar24's AvTalk podcast, added that private jet operator VistaJet had mechanics on standby at Tokyo's Haneda Airport in case of problems.
“The logistics of flying #TaylorSwift across the planet to a football game is quite a production,” Rabinowitz said in a post on, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “I was told @vistajet doesn't just have mechanics at HND [the Haneda Airport code] In case something failed, there was a second plane on standby. Basically, a private Air Force One.
Rabinowitz told Gizmodo that he was informed about the second plane, a Bombardier Global 6000 with the call sign VTJ968, by friends in the private jet industry who have access to the information, but he declined to be more precise. Gizmodo reached out to the team at Swift and VistaJet for comment on the alleged second plane, but did not receive a response.
Fortunately, there was nothing wrong with the first jet, also a Bombardier Global 6000 with the call sign VJT993, which FlightRadar24 named “The Football Era”. But how can we be sure it was Swift's flight? Ian Petchenik, communications director for FlightRadar24, told Gizmodo in an email that while they couldn't confirm whether she boarded the plane, the team had a “high degree of confidence” that It was his theft based on the information they had received.
VJT993 departed Tokyo at 11:36 p.m. local time and is expected to arrive in Los Angeles at 3:27 p.m. local time on Saturday, giving him plenty of time to travel to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl on Sunday. An average of 6,000 people monitored Swift's 9-hour flight from Tokyo to Los Angeles at any given time on Saturday, Petchenik said. In the final hour of the flight, Gizmodo confirmed that more than 10,400 people were watching the flight live.
As for the “Backup Quarterback”, also known as VTJ968, it appeared to take off in the opposite direction after Swift's flight took off.
If a second plane for Swift was indeed on site in Tokyo, it would take its carbon footprint to a whole new level. It's a thing of lend your private plane to your friends or use it to go see your boyfriend, but it's another thing entirely to take off a second plane just in case the first one breaks down and then send it back empty.