Chris "Kinslon" Hager has delivered his May Community Address letter where he discusses the upcoming 1.9 patch, the status of the free server transfer service, the 2.0 update, and even server merges.
On 1.9, Chris announced that the highly anticipated update would be hitting Aion's newly minted public test servers on Tuesday, May 25th, and would go into live service a week later on Wednesday, June 2nd.
Players won't have to wait much longer for the free transfer service, either, as you'll be able to take advantage of it as soon as mid-June.
Further on the subject of servers, Chris also announced that Aion would be subject to server merges due tin part to player feedback they've received in which players are describing the fact they cannot easily find groups, contribute to the server economy, or gather enough people for end game content. This prompted the Aion team to investigate the server data where they found that while certain level ranges had ideal populations, most servers had less than ideal populations across all level ranges and professions. With that said, Chris is confident that once the server merges have completed players should find Aion to be a much more enjoyable game overall. No date has been provided for the planned server merges as the team is still in the "planning stages," but information is said to be forthcoming.
You can read the full letter for additional details here.