Southwest's pilots want a new contract before they'll fly the 737max. And other links.

Southwest's pilots want a new contract before they fly the 737max. Photo: Boeing. 

Southwest's pilots want a new contract before they fly the 737max. Photo: Boeing. 

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Here are some of the airport and airline stories I have enjoyed recently. 

Southwest expects to take its first Boeing 737max next year. But the airline's pilots say they won't fly it until they get a new contract. Bloomberg. 

Alaska Airlines employees are getting new designer uniforms. Seattle Times

Charlotte's airport is going to add nine gates, and none will go to the dominant airline there - American Airlines. Forbes. 

Alaska Airlines is retiring a small fleet of combination freighters/passenger aircraft. "Combi" is the term the industry uses. Alaska Dispatch News. 

VietJet wants to go public, and it seeks a $1 billion valuation. Fortune. 

Can plane seats get any smaller? The New York Times would like to know. 

An in-depth look at airline pajamas. Conde Nast Traveler. 

And finally, on Wednesday, Boeing will fly the first-ever Boeing 727 one last time. AirlineReporter has the scoop. (And some great Tweets.)