ICCAIA was established in 1972 to provide the civil aircraft industry a means to be represented with observer status in the deliberations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICCAIA was constituted by the Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA) and the European Association of Aerospace Industries (AECMA). In 2004, AECMA merged with two other European associations to form the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). Subsequent members of ICCAIA now include the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC), the Aerospace Industries Association of Brazil (AIAB) and the Russian Union of Aviation Industrialists (UAI).

ICCAIA continues to seek a wider representation and today, several additional State and regional associations have expressed an interest in membership.