I enjoyed the travel sequences of airships and ferries in FFXI. For me, a large part of the allure for MMOs is that it is a huge persistent world inhabited by other real players. The ride sequences really added to that. That's just me though, I tend to play MMOs a little slower than most of the "get in, dress up your barbie doll in cool gear, get out" folks out there. I play them to, for a time, forego reality and enjoy the world Square has created. It may sound cheesy but I'll miss those little intricacies of XI. I wish that Yoshi would at least plug those things in as options....and maybe make the options worthwhile to the less "immersion-centric" players out there like a Ferry with great fishing spots during the ride, or an Airship where you can take place in random fates that occur in mid-air.
That kind of stuff would give them a reason to add it into the game...a reason that would actually make it fun for the majority of folks.
I agree that seeing airships flying, chocobos running, birds chirping all add to the being in a breathing persistent world. It also adds to the cinematic flair. You see this in sci-fi movies and it makes everything seem more robust.
However I also agree with Yoshi and Wint. A game is supposed to aim to be fun and engaging first. Sitting around waiting in,lines is never fun in itself. Idc if it's real life or game, game, traffic, grocery checkout, movie theater, bathroom, etc. Just look at any major city with major traffic problems and you can see what I mean. You might make it fun through chatting or interactions while waiting or you might make it horrible being negative to those around you.
If they went with fully persistent real time airships. They better have more than one airship going from airdock to airdock/ city to city. And have an one airship always docked that you can click on and get a cs for instant travel. To minimize the negatives that plague real travel times.
I really agree with Yoshi on him holding off until he has content for the actual airships themselves. Beautiful environments are cherished the first time and maybe sometimes appreciated on occasion afterwards. But most of the time after seeing the same scenery day in or day out. The everyday complexities of life tend to drown out your appreciation for that.
Unless we are talking about my fiance. Every morning I wake up, every day, every night, I look at her like it's the first time we met.