The ride-hailing app Uber is looking to expand its presence in Europe, and with it its dominance of the European taxi market.
Uber is launching an official delivery service, Alba Express, in the Czech Republic and Poland, as well as expanding its presence on several European cities.
The service is currently available in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
In its press release announcing the expansion, Uber describes the service as “the most popular European cab service with over 3 million active riders in over 100 cities worldwide.”
The service’s launch is notable because it marks Uber’s first time entering Europe’s taxi market, which it currently operates only in the United States.
Uber has already expanded its European reach by offering free trips in many European cities and introducing UberPool in the U.K. and Spain.
In addition to the new Alba, Uber has also announced plans to add the ability to book a private car in select European cities in the coming months.
Alba’s delivery service will reportedly be available in both the U.- and U.S.-based versions of the app.
The Czech and Polish versions of Uber will only be available on the U- and U-Plus platforms, respectively.
Uber announced plans for a similar service in 2018, but the U2 singer has since withdrawn from the market due to safety concerns.
In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said that the service was in the works for “about a year.”
Kalanik said the company plans to expand the service in 2019.
Kalanich also said in the interview that Uber was developing a new UberPool service in Europe.
Uber will reportedly offer a cheaper and easier way to travel than traditional taxi rides, as it will offer a guaranteed “first-class” fare that will be a percentage of the trip’s cost.
The company’s partnership with the Czech-based car rental company B&G also comes at a critical time for Uber, which has been struggling to maintain its foothold in the European market.
B&Gs first car was delivered in the UK in 2016, but it is now offering a free, limited-time “Uber Express” service that allows users to reserve a car for a short time.
This new service will be limited to the first 10 days of its availability, which Kalanicheck said will be between October and December.
According to Kalanicheck, Uber’s aim is to eventually replace B&GS, but that it will likely take another year for Uber to offer the service.
Uber’s new Albax service is reportedly in line with the company’s plan to introduce a new version of its European platform called UberPlus in the first half of 2020.
UberPlus will allow customers to book Uber cars for as little as 50 euros ($58.16), but Kalanics new Albaric Express service will offer the same fares as UberPlus, but Uber will provide the vehicles with a guaranteed first-class fare of 75 euros ($87.36).
Uber also plans to launch Albarica Express in other European countries in the next few months, according to the company.
In April, Uber released its fourth annual report, which detailed the companys financial performance.
Its third-quarter revenue increased by $3.5 billion, or 15.6 percent, to $46.2 billion.
The year-over-year increase was driven by growth in Uber’s international and European markets, where the company generated $14.7 billion.
Revenue in the third quarter also increased by 13 percent, or $4.3 billion, to a total of $74.6 billion.
“This is our third year of operating profit and revenue growth,” Kalanicks said in a press release.
“We have a lot of great things in the pipeline, including a new global service, a new international delivery app, a partnership with a local delivery company, and our partnership with BMW.”