Tesla tows a passenger plane in Melbourne

Tesla has achieved yet another world-first by hitching one of its electric vehicles to a passenger airliner.

On a remote taxiway at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday morning, a Tesla Model X P100D came face to face against the newest star of the Qantas fleet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

In a world first, the all-electric SUV successfully towed the Dreamliner as part of a Guinness World Record attempt, as the heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle.

While the Model X can accommodate up to seven passengers, far less than the 236 people on a Qantas Dreamliner, the Tesla punched above its weight towing the 130-tonne plane well above its on-road tow-rated capacity of 2.5 tonnes.