I would not expect to see upgrades from the PE cabin, usually it's the Y cabin that is oversold in that scenario.
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I suspect VA prioritise putting the 5th & 6th pax into row 3 above shadows for the pax already in 3A,C,D&F.
In fact they often seem to cram people into the front of the aircraft, leaving space at the back.
I wonder if they did put shadows in 3B&E would we have threads complaining that Platinum Velocity members couldn't access row 3 despite the empty seats.
You seem to have mistaken my idle musings about VA's priorities for either a failure to understand the issue or a defence of their actions. Or both.
I can assure you it was neither.
As a 3-yr VA Plat (Now Gold and I suspect shortly Silver) no domestic upgrades over probably 50+ flights.
That said was 2/2 for upgrades on VX (Virgin Atlantic) on SYD-HKG from PE to J
Personally I'm not too fussed, I really like the VA system of comp upgrades for WP, reasonable value points upgrades and the bid system.