The weekly programme ran from 25 January 2012 - 7 March 2012 from the Japanese cities including Nagoya, Fukuoka and Kagoshima.
The target audience for charters is the traditional Japanese senior segment in cities outside the Tokyo and Osaka metropolitan centres and this year's programme provided 1,610 additional seats to NZ over the peak summer season.
Japanese travel agent partners involved in this charter programme included JTB, Club Tourism, Meitetsu World Travel, Nokyo Tourist Corp, Kinki Nippon Tourist, Hankyu Express, Nishitesu Travel, Nangoku Kotsu and Miyuazaki Kotsu.
Tourism New Zealand actively supports the Air New Zealand charter programme with retail agent training, agent familiarisation visits and charter consumer seminars.
Work has now begun on the charter programme for summer 2012/13 and initial interest from travel agents in Japan is encouraging.