Having just returned from Maui where I flew on a 717 for the first time I was anxious to get back on here and ask for a comparison between the 717 and 737-500 which I've often flown. CO and UAL are retiring their 737-500s, UAL will completely retire their 737-500s while CO will keep 35 of their 737-500s with all 35 to be retrofitted with winglets.
The 717 in comparison seems to be going strong, with Hawaiian picking a few from the market and Airtran previously trying to acquire Midwest to acquire their 25 or so 717s. How does the 717 rank vs the 737-500 from an operation stand point, they have similar capacity.
CASM, fuel burn etc..
What are the specific advantages and disadvantages each aircraft has other the other.