I am not at all surprised. My first travel by air was when I was almost forty.
That was when the private airline Jet Airways started operating from an airport near to my native place.(There was only Indian Airlines till then).
Those were the times when average people had to undertake their first air travel only on emergencies. I wanted to avoid that situation and wanted to make my first air travel on a happy mood.
So I went to the local Jet Airways office and booked tickets. The cheap ticket service was not available then. It was fully paid service. I paid the money from my own savings, and booked tickets for self, wife and our three year old son. I told them that I need their help and assistance as it was my first journey by aeroplane. So their airport manager received us at the airport entrance, and was with us guiding and assisting us till the security checking gate. Then he explained further steps and told us how to get assistance if we needed.
We could walk straight to the plane which was parked just a few meters away from the gate. Inside the plane, our little son was attended and cared first- by giving toffees, small pillow, toys and picture book. Food was also served to him first. So he was thrilled and enjoyed the journey well. We also enjoyed it with a natural thrill and knowing many things first-hand.
Though since then I had travelled by air many times and by different airlines, the first journey was the most enjoyable. I had not yet travelled overseas.