Thai Airways has taken delivery of the first of 12 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

The next-generation A350-900 aircraft will initially operate on the carrier’s regional service between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, before being rostered onto long-haul routes “soon thereafter”, including flights from the Thai capital to Melbourne.

Thai Airways has a total of 12 A350s on order – four being purchased directly from Airbus, and eight being leased under agreements with Aviation Lease and Finance and CIT Aerospace International.

The carrier’s A350-900s offer a two-class layout, with 32 Royal Silk Class (business class) seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, and 289 economy seats configured 3-3-3.

The fully flat business class seat offers 21 inches of width, while the economy seat is 18 inches wide, with a 32-inch pitch.