Berlin-based chauffeur service Blacklane has been selected by Emirates as the exclusive provider for its chauffeur-drive services in India, Italy and Sweden for the airline’s First and Business Class passengers.

The deal covers 10 cities: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bologna, Milan, Rome, Venice and Stockholm, and will handle hundreds of thousands of passengers every year.

Blacklane has also opened a Middle East office in Dubai. This is the company’s third office, after its Berlin headquarters and its Asia-Pacific office in Singapore.

“Emirates is committed to extend its premium quality and high service to passengers’ front doors as an essential part of the Emirates experience,” said Bill Mcpherson, vice president, airport services at Emirates. “We offer our complimentary chauffeur service to our First and Business Class customers in over 75 cities worldwide.”

Jens Wohltorf, CEO and co-founder of Blacklane, said: “Travellers desire a familiar, high-quality experience not only in the air, but also on the ground. This global Emirates-Blacklane partnership showcases a seamless door-to-door partnership and provides true peace-of-mind to Emirates’ guests.”

Meanwhile Blacklane’s Dubai office will support the Emirates chauffeur service at the airline’s home base. The Dubai operation is also tasked with adding new “dozens” of cities across the Middle East and Africa (MEA). Blacklane already serves 21 cities in 10 MEA countries.

“As the centre of travel in the Middle East and the headquarters of Emirates, Dubai is perfect for Blacklane’s office expansion,” said Wohltorf.

Nicolas Soucaille will lead the Dubai team as head of Middle East and Africa. He has relocated from Blacklane’s Berlin office, where he was head of driver operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.