Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?
I think much like the Sovereign class version, it was built under a different name then changed based on events.
I never understood why Starfleet would have other Excelsior class ships under construction when they still hadn't proven that the prototype was workable?
"If I hadn't tried, the cost would have been my soul." - Admiral James T. Kirk, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock