Global chauffeur group Blacklane is set to offer its chauffeur hailing service in 21 cities across 11 countries this month.

The service launched in New York yesterday and will commence in London and Dubai today, followed by Berlin on March 3 and Paris on March 4. This will also be rolled out to the US cities of Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Washington DC by next week.

The chauffeur service is already active in 50 countries, with Blacklane partnering with “the best local chauffeur companies” and promising that the scheduled rides maintain the “same premium quality, health and safety standards, fixed competitive fares, and sustainability” as its pre-booked trips.

The company has highlighted the Covid-19 measures taken to ensure the safety of chauffeurs and passengers. Chauffeurs will clean and sanitise vehicles before and after each journey, and greet guests with a slight bow instead of a handshake. They will also maintain social distancing and provide hand sanitiser and masks.

Blacklane says that the service will be available in 21 cities by March 26. The remaining cities are as follows:

  • Austria: Vienna
  • Germany: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich
  • Ireland: Dublin
  • Italy: Milan
  • Portugal: Lisbon
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland: Zurich

The company’s carbon-neutral programme extends to the hailed chauffeur service, with Blacklane offsetting carbon emissions from all rides since 2017.

In the case of the UK, the fleet will operate the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace and Teslas, thanks to the company’s recent investment in London-based chauffeur service Havn.

Dr. Jens Wohltorf, CEO and co-founder of Blacklane, commented:

“People need trusted local transportation now more than ever as cities reopen. Many companies have built ride-hailing platforms with little quality control and confusing costs. But Blacklane has built a global chauffeur-hailing service with clear, consistent rates and the highest quality standards.”

Customers can book the service and chat to the 24/7 customer service team on Blacklane’s app. The all-inclusive fares are based only on distance, meaning that guests do not pay extra for higher demand, traffic or tolls.

Blacklane recently launched flat rate rides between London and the six UK cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Liverpool, Manchester and Southampton, as part of a focus on city-to-city transfers following the collapse in demand for airport rides.