An Airline Operator Signs An Agreement To Lease An Aircraft For Twenty Years Annual 2875427

An airline operator signs an agreement to lease an aircraft for twenty years. Annual lease obligations, payable at the beginning of the year, are $4.7 million. What are the financial statement effects of this transaction if the lease is recorded as (a) a capital lease or (b) an operating lease? As a corporate manager, what forecasts do you have to make to decide which alternative to use? Which method would you prefer to use to report the lease? Why? As a financial analyst, what questions would you raise with the firm’s CEO?