Sunday’s Super Bowl is expected to set records for the most private jets ever flying in for the final game of the NFL season, according to aviation data firm WingX.
Over 1,000 private jets were expected to fly in to four airports in and around Las Vegas, officials from the Clark County Department of Aviation told CNN. And Forbes reported the number could be as high as 1,500.
According to CNN, the previous record was 984 jets in 2020, for Super Bowl LIV hosted in Miami — which was also a matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.
The jet-setters not only used Harry Reid International Airport, but also three smaller airports: North Las Vegas; Henderson Executive; and Boulder City.
With 330,000 visitors in town for the Super Bowl, Harry Reid International also expected to break records on Monday, per local TV station KLAS.
The reasons for this year being a potential record-breaker are two fold: the attraction of Las Vegas, and San Francisco fans.
“The 49ers have many more fans who fly privately than the [Detroit] Lions,” Craig Ross, CEO of Aviation Portfolio, told Forbes.
Taylor Swift and Elon Musk are among those who flew privately for the Super Bowl.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed a deal in 2018 with the Kansas-based private jet company Overland Park, which has transported him to previous games, per Forbes. Although he arrived in Las Vegas a week before the Super Bowl on a United Airlines charter with the rest of the team.
Swift’s Dassault Falcon 7X flew the 220 miles from Burbank, California to Las Vegas on Sunday.
A day earlier, she appeared to charter a plane — nicknamed “The Football Era” — from Tokyo to Los Angeles. The flight was tracked by over 32,000 people on FlightRadar24.
In December, Swift’s lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to Jack Sweeney, a college student who compiles public tracking information about celebrities’ private flights.
So it’s notable that the Bombardier Global 6000 chartered with VistaJet was publicly given the nickname referencing her Eras tour — although the Falcon 7X used a privacy program to make it harder to track.