Re: Was the reveal of the Enterprise-A a big surprise?
Plus I think the Excelsior Class was meant to replace the Constitution Class, especially since we see quite a few of them even in the TNG era, and some with high registry numbers, suggesting the Excelsior Class had a fairly long production life.
I remember reading somewhere that it was. Why else would the Enterprise-B
be part of the class?
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again