Thanks, everyone, for the information! I've always adminred the Fokker jets for their grace and sleekness in appearance, but I've never flown one. Thus, I didn't know too much about how they actually are in terms of handling, comfort, and maintenance.
The reason I ask is that I've been considering the possibility of a western regional airline similar to the current Pan Am, as merely a thought experiment. F-100s and F-70s would be my aircraft of choice for these routes, allowing this airline to compete in this heavily-trafficked corridor with smaller capacity, and greater frills than airlines flying 737s (like Southwest and United). In theory, this could be accomplished more cheaply with the Fokkers than 737s or DC-9s, if they have cheaper up-front, operation, and maintenance costs. Apparently, this is the case.