They are the Damage Dealers, dishing out way more damage then a Dreadnought.
An entirely new "Carrier Class" seems less likely to me than a carrier-focused Dreadnought build - making fighter/bomber modules more viable and useful being a big step along the way.
That said, interesting speculation.
A large focused hull that focuses on small wings of craft......thats called a carrier buddy lol. They have to make a carrier since every other game does it and even more so adds a new dynamic to the game. I love carriers and I use them in every game