Airlines Revenue Recognition Task Force 


AICPA Revenue Recognition Task Forces are charged with developing revenue recognition implementation issues that will provide helpful hints and illustrative examples for how to apply the new Revenue Recognition Standard.

Task Force Members:

  • Dave Dickson, Ernst & Young LLP (Chair)
  • Rachel Bell, Virgin America
  • Stewart Bell, United
  • Chris Berry, Alaska Air Group
  • LeAnna Buchwald, JetBlue
  • Mike Carreon, American Airlines
  • Robert Gordon, Deloitte LLP
  • Craig Isakson, KPMG LLP
  • Leah Koontz, Southwest Airlines
  • Craig Meynard, Delta
  • Simon Whitehead, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Eric Woodward, Skywest
Staff Contact: Yelena Mishkevich, ymishkevich@aicpa.org

IDENTIFIED REVENUE RECOGNITION IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES

Revenue recognition implementation issues identified by the Airlines Revenue Recognition Task Force, when available, will be posted here.  Full revenue recognition implementation issues will be posted below for informal comments after review by the AICPA Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC).

Issue # Description of Implementation Issue Status
1 Regional contracts
2 Joint venture revenue sharing agreements
3 Passenger tickets – Breakage
This implementation issue will discuss the recognition of revenue for passenger ticket breakage (which consists of tickets for which the passenger is not expected to exercise their rights under the ticket contract with the airline and, as a result, the ticket will expire unused) and accounting and breakage considerations related to travel vouchers.<.blockquote>
Submitted to AICPA RRWG
4 Ancillary services
This implementation issue will discuss considerations for applying the guidance in FASB ASC 606 to ancillary services and related fees charged by airlines.
Submitted to AICPA RRWG
5 Interline transactions
This implementation issue will discuss considerations for applying the guidance in FASB ASC 606, including classification under principal vs. agent for arrangements that airlines have amongst each other to sell tickets under which one or more segments of the journey will be flown by another carrier.
Submitted to FinREC - May 2016
6 Loyalty (flown & sold miles)
6a. & 6d. Loyalty - Maintenance of database and customer list accounting and recognition of brand/customer list (sales-based royalties). Recognition of other co-brand deliverables (advertising, marketing, bounty, and bags/lounges)
6c. Determination of whether loyalty status constitutes a separate deliverable (in addition to flight and other loyalty components in a ticket or other transactions)
This implementation issue discusses whether loyalty status is a separate performance obligation or a marketing incentive.
Submitted to AICPA RRWG
6e. Inclusion of profit sharing in co-brand valuation
6f. Financing on advance mile purchases
This implementation issue discusses whether miles accumulated in customer loyalty accounts and advance purchases of miles by financial institutions, in which the airline receives time value benefit, have a significant financing component.
Submitted to FinREC - November 2015
6g. Co-brand arrangement adjustments for volume and overall transaction allocation
6h. Estimating Standalone Selling Price
This implementation issue discusses the acceptable methods for determining standalone selling price of mileage credits awarded to airline loyalty program members.
Submitted to FinREC - November 2015
6h. Interline Loyalty transactions (wait for FASB to finalize principal vs. agent)
7 Cargo transactions
8 Accounting for Contract Costs - Commissions and Selling Costs
This implementation issue provides considerations for determining whether typical costs incurred in obtaining a ticket qualify for capitalization and, if so, over what would be the appropriate amortization period.
Submitted to AICPA RRWG
9 Maintenance power-by-the-hour services

10 Accounting for Passenger Taxes & Related Fees
This implementation issue will discuss if taxes and related fees charged by government and airport authorities required to be collected and remitted by the airline should be recorded on a gross or net basis?
Submitted to FinREC - March 2016
11 Change Fees
This implementation issue provides considerations for applying the guidance in ASC 606 to airline change fees, and whether changes made to an existing itinerary qualify as a distinct service, what would be the appropriate revenue classification, and if there are any unique disclosures to be made.
Submitted to FinREC - November 2015
12 Disclosures
13 Ticket Level Performance Obligations
14 Transition


FEEDBACK REQUESTED

Draft Revenue Recognition Implementation Issues included for informal comment, when available, will be listed below.

Respondents should submit any comments including the implementation issue number to revreccomments@aicpa.org by the dates noted below:

Issue # Comment Due Date


The Airlines Revenue Recognition Task Force recommends the following AICPA products for current revenue recognition issues:



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