A few weeks ago some more information about the new airships were released. You can read it all yourself here but here are some basics.
Max guild level is going to be raised to 200 with decay returning but only to guilds that are level 150 or above. As of now, all guild amenities will be awarded before level 150 so anything above that will be for bragging rights so to speak.
There are going to be six new airships and a whole list of new amenities. The old amenities are staying but as far as I can tell you will not be able to purchase the old contracts so be sure to make a mule and stock up on contracts in case the new ones are not to your liking. Most of the new ones you can purchase for platinum but some will be with astral shards only. The ship buffs will last longer and not go away on death. There will also be a “buff bar” on the top deck that will grant all installed amenities. No more waiting 5 minutes between every quest to buff.
The old airships are going to get a major overhaul. Here’s a little video sample.
There is a lot to take. I haven’t looked forward like this to an update since the enhancement pass last year. I hope that it comes out as polished as that did. I’m pretty sure it will.