Berlin-based Blacklane is to open two offices in the US this autumn in New York and Los Angeles.
The new locations will help grow the global chauffeur and airport concierge service's B2B sales and improve its "physical and digital services". Blacklane’s chauffeur service already spans 71 US cities plus 12 more across the Americas.
“The US is our largest market for vehicles, rides and revenue while managed from Berlin. Opening offices on both coasts will rapidly grow our corporate and agency business while strengthening relationships with chauffeurs and airport concierges. We will also continue hiring in all other offices to support our year-over-year doubling of rides and revenues,” said chief executive and co-founder Jens Wohltorf.
These openings will give Blacklane four new offices in a year, following Brisbane in February and Dubai in November.
The LA office will open by September and employ 50 people, including artificial intelligence engineers for its Blacklane Labs division, which researches and prototypes future technologies, as well as sales and operations staff.
The New York office will open by December to focus on corporate and agency sales, as well as chauffeur and airport service company partnerships. Blacklane will hire more than ten people there in the first several months.
Adam Homfray, director of new services and business development, will lead the new US team out of New York, after relocating from Berlin.
Globally, Blacklane’s chauffeur and airport services are available at 600 airports, 300 cities and 60 countries It is a certified carbon-neutral company in its guest services and company operations. The company has 400 employees worldwide.