We are unsure why Premium Planes did not make it into this CT.
I sincerely apologize for posting exciting new planes, just to have them not show up in your hanger.
The planes are still slated for release with 1.8, and if we hear something different, we will let you know.
We realize that many of you may be worried about balance issues with planes making it into the live game, that have not yet been player-tested on the common test; while it is always preferable that we get our players' feedback on upcoming content before release, sometimes during development we are unable to do so. The good news is, should we see any issues with plane balance in the live environment, we can always re-balance. Please be sure to let us know how you are feeling about the balance, when you do have a chance to play these new planes; we're excited for you to check them out.
Again, we apologize that you are not able to try these planes out during this CT. In the future, as best as we can we'll try and make sure the patch notes we receive/share with you, are reflective of what's actually in the test.
Well, that's disheartening, but responsibility isn't solely yours. Thanks for being upfront about it.
KMaus, do you know if there will be further updates to the CT before live release? In the past this has usually (though not always) been the case. Might we be able to preview the tier VIII premiums as a fix before they are available for cash purchase in the gift shop or in game gold? I really think that players getting to try out these aircraft before they purchase would generate more excitement about them and encourage more purchases.