Four of today’s U.S. airline CEOs launched their careers from the same American Airlines’ office in the 1980s amid the early days of deregulation, The Associated Press reported.

They are American’s Tom Horton, Spirit Airlines’ Ben Baldanza, US Airways’ Doug Parker and Virgin America’s David Cush, according to the AP article.

“You didn’t know where these guys were going to end up, but you knew you were hanging around with a bunch of smart guys,” Cush told the AP. He and the others worked under American’s then CEO Robert L. Crandall.

Fort Worth-based American’s parent AMR Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Nov. 29.

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