So you'll have to grind to get the skills to pilot the ship, grind to get the money for the ship. I highly doubt they'd just "give you a ship" as much fun as that would be, cause if they did I'd go back to SWG just for this expansion after seening the demonstration of it at Celebration II in Indy.
Oh... yuck... so you have to grind time in the regular game to be able to fly the ships in this expansion huh? Well that settles that.. heh.
I'm holding out for the free trial of CoH (if one indeed comes out).