Tesla on Tuesday released a video that shows one of its electric SUVs towing a 287,000-pound Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner nearly 1,000 feet on a taxiway at the Melbourne Airport in Australia. This exercise earned the company a Guinness World Record for towing.
The plane is part of Qantas Airways’ fleet and the effort set a new Guinness World Record for being the “heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle.” The 787 had a small amount of fuel in its tank at the time, and wasn’t carrying any passengers or cargo.
Qantas, which uses electric aircraft tugs to pull planes much shorter distances at two airports in Australia, said the publicity stunt sought to bring attention to its sustainability efforts.
Qantas said it is committed to improving sustainable efforts by retiring its fuel-guzzling Boeing 747s and replacing them with 787s, which are more fuel efficient and fly longer distances. Qantas also said it is experimenting with energy efficient fuels.
This isn’t the first time Qantas and Tesla have created a video that’s gone viral. In 2016, a Qantas Boeing 737-800 aircraft raced a Tesla Model S P90D on an airport runway. Tesla reached speeds of 155 miles mph and the plane neared 160 mph or 140 knots, before taking off and eventually winning the race.