Wheely is a luxury ride-hailing app, allowing passengers to book a chauffeur-driven car both on-demand and in advance.
Founded in 2010 by Russian-born Swiss entrepreneur Anton Chirkunov, Wheely was initially launched in Zurich as a taxi and minicab booking platform.
In 2012, the brand took the same business model to the UK, however the inconsistent quality of taxi services resulted in a change of direction. From then on, Wheely would focus on the premium ride-hailing market. Later the same year, Wheely launched in Moscow to test the new approach. Working exclusively with private chauffeurs and transportation companies driving new, luxury cars, the goal was now to set the gold standard in ride-hailing apps.
After showing strong growth, the concept was successfully launched in London in 2018 and is now set to be followed by Paris in 2019 — with further expansion to major cities also planned.
Wheely works with around 3,000 chauffeurs internationally. All must pass the industry’s strictest accreditation process, including rigorous tests on local knowledge and driving etiquette.
The intuitive Wheely app allows passengers to request exceptionally comfortable journeys in class-leading cars both on-demand and in advance. All journeys can be tailored to their tastes: choice of route, cabin temperature and music — including streaming directly from their smartphone.
Wheely also offers fixed-fare airport transfers, including complimentary Meet & Greet with a chauffeur waiting in Arrivals.
About Anton Chirkunov, CEO and founder
Anton, 30, graduated from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Having never passed his driving licence, Anton was reliant on taxis and public transport while living in Zurich, but even in Switzerland the quality of service varies wildly: he was once even asked to step out of a taxi for yawning. That was when he decided to create a service for those who would never compromise comfort and safety.
In 2010, Anton started Wheely as an online platform for booking taxis and minicabs. Two years later, he decided to switch focus to the premium ride-hailing market and today’s Wheely was born. The brand has moved from strength to strength ever since.
Today Wheely employs 100 people in the UK and Russia and works with 3000 chauffeurs.